Bridgetek Embedded Video Engine  ME817EV + Display

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ME817EV is a customer evaluation board for Bridgetek 4th generation EVE chip, BT817. The ME817EV is used to develop and demonstrate BT817's graphics, touch and audio functionalities. The board is capable of supporting LCD panels with 40-pin LVDS interface, or 50-pin RGB interface. Backlight LED current can be adjusted using dip switches. Capacitive touch screens can be connected to the board through a 10-pin or 6-pin FPC connector. An Audio filter and amplifier are included on-board, allowing a 1/8W speaker to be driven. Audio source can be supplied from the BT817, or through a line-in connector.


Bridgetek ME817EV BT817 Evaluation Board



  • Supports 40-pin LVDS display up to 1280x800
  • Supports 50-pin RGB display up to 1024x600
  • Trimmable on board LCD biasing voltages
  • On board LCD backlight LED driver
  • On board audio power amplifier and audio connector for external speaker support
  • On board 16Mbyte NOR flash memory
  • Supports SPI host interface through 2x8 pin header or 20pin FPC connector
  • Supports USB high-speed connection with FT4222H
  • 5V power supply via SPI host connector or via USB Type-C port



Display with a capacitive touchscreen and a decorative cover glass that comes in two versions: black and white. The 800×480 resolution provides crisp and clear colors, while the screen is driven by the powerful BT815 graphics controller. The display features the standard SPI/QSPI interface.


Additional Information

Important Dates

Enrollment Begin: Jun 15 2021

Enrollment Ends: July 16 2021

RoadTesters Selected: July 19 2021 (estimated)

Product Shipped: Aug 13 2021

RoadTesting Begins: Aug 20 2021

Reminder/Update Email: Sept 20 2021

Submit Reviews By: Oct 20 2021

*The element14 RoadTest Staff will send this reminder/update email.

**If a RoadTester is unable to meet the deadline, please notify the RoadTest Program Lead, , as soon as possible before the deadline.


How to locate the official RoadTest review form:  How To Locate the Official RoadTest Review Form (duplicate)


(due date Oct 27 2021)

Terms and Conditions

Bridgetek Embedded Video Engine EVB ME817EV – RoadTest

Terms and Conditions

These are the terms and conditions which govern the Bridgetek Embedded Video Engine EVB ME817EV RoadTest contest. This Contest requires participants to submit an application indicating their previous experience with this type of equipment/component, information on what they would do to test the equipment/component, and the applicant’s desire to post a thorough review of their experience with images, photos, or other supplemental materials. Participants will be required to meet the Conditions for Participation.  The winners of this RoadTest will receive the item(s) listed below. RoadTest Reviews are due no later than 60 days after the receipt of the item(s). No other prizes are offered.

The Principal terms of the Competition:

The following words and phrases are used in these terms and conditions and have the meanings given to them below.


Key dates:

Applications Close: midnight (GMT) on July 16 2021

Announcement of Winner (estimated): July 19  2021

Prize:  Bridgetek Embedded Video Engine EVB ME817EV

Additional Prizes: none

Competition Site:

Site or element14 Community:

Judges: members of the element14 community team chosen at the Organiser’s discretion.

Judging Criteria, All of the following which will have equal weighting:

· Demonstrated competence with the technologies including links or descriptions of past projects

· Qualifications as indicated by current job role and/or schooling/vocational training;

· A thorough description of how the prize would be tested;

· Likelihood that the Applicant will blog about the prize and provide a review on;

· Originality;

· Innovation.

Organiser: Premier Farnell plc (registered in England and Wales under company number 876412) whose registered office is at Farnell House, Forge Lane, Leeds, UK

Conditions for Qualification: in addition to meeting the requirements of these terms, all persons applying to take part in the Contest (each one an Applicant) must:

· Provide a RoadTest application describing what he/she would do if awarded the Prize including similar previous projects, product experience and qualifications

Terms: these terms and conditions which govern the Competition and to which the Organiser reserves the right to make changes from time to time and the latest version of these Terms from time to time will be posted to the Site.

  1. Eligibility
  2. Applications:
  3. Selecting Winners:
  4. Liability:
  5. General:

1.1 Save as set out in these Terms, the Contest is open to any natural or legal person, firm or company or group of natural persons or unincorporated body.

1.2 All Applicants must be aged at least 18 at the time of their application.

1.3 Applicants must not enter the RoadTest if doing so or taking part may:

1.3.1 cause the Organiser and/or themselves to be in breach of any agreement (including but not limited to any contract of employment) to which they are a party or in breach of any law, regulation or rule having the force of law to which the Organiser or the Applicant may be subject or any policy of the Organiser or the Sponsor;

1.3.2 Require the Organiser to obtain any licence, authorisation or permission to deal with the Applicant; or

1.3.3 Be in breach of any policy or practice of their employer. Some employers prohibit or restrict their employees from taking part in competitions such as these or receiving prizes under them and the Organiser respects those policies and practices.

The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any Application made in breach of these Terms and to reject any Application which it reasonably believes may be or become in breach. The Organiser reserves the right to require evidence in such form as the Organiser may reasonably require of any Applicant’s compliance with any of these Terms and to disqualify any Applicant or Participant who cannot provide such evidence reasonably promptly.

1.4 Multiple applications are not permitted.

1.5 Applications may not be submitted by an agent whether acting on behalf of an undisclosed principal or otherwise.

1.6 The Contest is NOT open to:

1.6.1 Any person or entity who is a resident or national of any country which is subject to sanctions, embargoes or national trade restrictions of the United States of America, the European Union or the United Kingdom;

1.6.2 Any employee, director, member, shareholder (as appropriate) or any of their direct families (parents, siblings, spouse, partner, children) (“Direct Families”) of the Organiser and Sponsors; or

2.1 Each Applicant must fully complete and submit a RoadTest Application by the Application Close.

2.2 By submitting a Registration Form, each Applicant:

2.2.1 Authorises the Organiser to use his or her personal data (as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998) for the purposes of running and promoting the RoadTest;

2.2.2 Authorises the Organizer to copy, reproduce and publish their application should they be accepted as a Participant;

2.2.3 Will be deemed to have read, accepted and agree to be bound by these Terms. Applicants are advised to print and keep safe these Terms;

2.2.4 Authorises the Organiser to copy, reproduce and use the Application and/or Review for the purposes of the RoadTest and as otherwise contemplated by these Terms. The Organiser will not be responsible for any inaccuracy, error or omission contained in any reproduction or use of the Project Blogs.

2.2.5 Licenses the Organiser to use the intellectual property in the Project (IP) for the purposes of this Contest. As between the Applicant and the Organiser the IP remains owned by the Applicant.

2.2.6 Grants the Organiser the right to use his or her likeness, photographs, logos, trademarks, audio or video recordings without restriction for the purposes of Contest or the promotion of it or the Site;

2.2.7 Agrees to participate positively in all publicity surrounding the Contest;

2.2.8 Agrees to be responsible for all expenses and costs incurred by him or her in preparing for, entering and participating in the Contest (save for any expenses expressly agreed by the Organiser to be borne by it in these Terms);

2.2.9 Confirms that he or she owns all IP used in his or her application or Project or Blogs and indemnifies the Organiser from any claim by a third party that use of any material provided by an Applicant to the Organiser infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party;

2.2.10 Agrees not to act in any way or fail to act in any way or be associated with any cause or group which would have a negative impact on the reputation of the Organiser and/or the RoadTest.

2.3 All applications submitted to this RoadTest must meet the following criteria:

2.3.1 Applicants must be the author, creator and owner of the proposed review idea. Applicants must not submit someone else’s idea;

2.3.2 The proposed application must be reasonably achievable by the within the time constraints of the Contest;

2.3.3 Applications must not include or propose any of the following, the inclusion of which shall render any proposed application ineligible:

(a) Applications which relate to socially taboo topics, such as illicit drug use or sexual gratification;

(b) Applications that are or could reasonably be considered to be illegal, immoral, discriminatory or offensive as determined by the Organiser;

(c) Applications in relation to them which if accepted would infringe or breach any of the policies or terms of access or use of the Site.

2.4 No Application may contain any of the hazardous substances identified by Article 4 of Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament on the Restrictions on the Use of Substances in Electronic and Electrical Equipment ("the Directive") or the use of such hazardous substances in the in any such Project must not exceed the maximum concentration values set out in the Directive.

3.1 Winners will be selected by the Organiser on the basis of the quality of his or her application and its adherence to these Terms.

3.2 The total number of Winners selected will be at least the minimum number set out above but the actual number is at the sole discretion of the Organizer and/or the Sponsor, if applicable.

3.3 The Organiser will use all reasonable efforts to announce the Winners via an update to the RoadTest page by the date listed above.

3.4 Winners agree to take part in all publicity which the Organiser or the Sponsor wishes to use to promote the RoadTest, the Products featured or other Contests with which the Organiser may be connected from time to time.

3.5 Details of the Winners may also be published in the media.

3.6 Winners are responsible for all applicable taxes, duties or other charges payable in relation to any prize.


4.1 The Organiser hereby excludes all and any Liability arising out of the Contest or the acceptance, use, quality, condition, suitability or performance of any Prize, even where that Liability may arise from the Organiser’s negligence.

4.2 Nothing in these Terms will affect any Liability of the Organiser for death or personal injury arising from its negligence, for breach of Part II of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (in the event that any entrant is entitled to claim rights under the Consumer Protection Act 1987) or for any matter in relation to which it would be illegal for the Organiser to exclude or to attempt to exclude its Liability.

4.3 Subject to 4.2, neither the Organiser, any parent company nor any subsidiary of the Organiser or such parent company or any of their directors, officers and employees (together referred to in these terms and the ‘Associates’) makes any guarantee, warranty or representation of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this Competition or the Prizes potentially available under it. Neither the Organiser nor any of its Associates shall be responsible for any Liability that may arise out of or in connection with person’s participation in this Competition, the claiming, redemption or value of any prizes under it, the use or enjoyment of such prizes or any events or circumstances arising out of or in connection with any of them. Any implied warranties of condition, merchantability or suitability or fitness for purpose of any of them are hereby expressly excluded. Wherever used in these Terms, ‘Liability’ shall mean any and all costs, expenses, claims, damages, actions, proceedings, demands, losses and other liabilities (including legal fees and costs on a full indemnity basis) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with the matter concerned.

5.1 The RoadTest is organised and sponsored by the Organiser. The Organiser reserves the right to delegate all or any of its powers, rights and obligations arising in relation to the RoadTest to any Associate and certain such rights and powers are assumed by the Organiser on behalf of itself and each Associate. Reference to “Organiser” shall be deemed to include reference to each Associate.

5.2 The RoadTest may be terminated at any time if there are, in the sole opinion of the Organiser, an insufficient number of entries, or if the Applications are not of an appropriate standard for a competition of this nature. The Organiser has the right to cancel or suspend the RoadTest at any time due to circumstances outside its reasonable control.

5.3 The Organiser shall have the sole discretion to disqualify (without correspondence or right of appeal) any Applicant it considers to be adversely affecting the process or the operation of the RoadTest or to be in breach of these Terms or to be acting in a disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Applicant or Participant.

5.4 The Organiser has the right to amend or add to these Terms from time to time. Revised Terms and Conditions will be posted on the Contest Site and it is a condition of entry to the RoadTest that Applicants agree to comply with these Terms and, if appropriate, such Terms as amended from time to time.

5.5 Headings are for convenience only and do not affect the interpretation or construction of these Terms and Conditions.

5.6 These Terms and the operation of the Contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and any claim or matter arising under these Terms shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Comment List
  • (due date Oct 27 2021)


    If you have any content that's in progress, whether it's a RoadTest Review, Design Challenge application, blog, or other content that is 'saved as a draft' or in a 'draft status' then it will not be coming over to the new platform. Make sure you've either published your content, or saved the content that you currently have saved as a draft off the Community, as it will not be copied over to the new platform at all, before Friday the 5th of November 2021.

  • Yes, we are notifying people right now.

  • Hi ,


    is there any news about this RoadTest?

  • Thanks that what I was thinking.

  • As far as I can tell, that LCD won't run with this kit as it is intended for RGB and LVDS interfaces while your LCD is MIPI-based.


    - Gough

  • Hi members.

    Thanks everyone for all your comments on the Display. It's good to know that a display will be provided from sponsor.

    I am very i interested in Displays and Graphics. This board would be fun to experiment with.

    From one of my previous reviews, I have a TFT display from NXP.

      • 5.5 inch 720*1280 TFT LCD display with touch sensitive overlay, 2-lane or 4-lane MIPI interface Part#: RK055HDMIPI4

    It would be interested to see if this works with this kit? By the looks of the specs and the comments given in the page, it doesn't look promising.

    Steve K

  • An included display makes the road test much more attractive - it becomes a great little display for any project.

    It will be interesting to see if anyone puts together a system that can show video.

  • I told the sponsor about the display and displays you guys have suggested. But they wanted to use a display of their choice. I went back and looked. All I received was a Fedex tracking number for the shipment of the displays. that was dated July 16. So they may be arriving this week sometime. I'll look up what they are sending me and post the model number.



  • Yes. I asked the sponsor and they are sending me displays to include in the roadtest.

  • Hi , can you provide exact product code of provided display? Is this display aproved by sponsor? I am not sure if this is correct display. From my understanding we should mainly evaluate BT817 graphics controller which is present on evaluated board. This chip receives command over SPI bus from host system and generate pixel data for display on output side. Block diagram showing this:



    But according to description of offered display, we receive display with integrated another graphics controller BT815 (BT815 is previous generation of BT817). In block diagram it looks as follows:


    But how we should evaluate BT817 if we have only access to BT815?



    From my understanding we should get dumb display without any integrated graphics accelerator because graphics ontroller is thing which we have to RoadTests. Display can possibly contains only integrated touch screen controller If we should check touch options.


    Did I understand it correctly or there are different expected testing procedure and I am missing something?


    // EDIT: Schematics has typo in in name of FT chip used for controlling graphics controller from PC. It should be FT4222H instead of FT4232, but I deleted diagram file so It is hard to regenerate now.