iMX233-OLinuXino uses TQFP version of the iMX233 and in the datasheet is written that this package do not support other than 8-bit LCD interface. So as this is written in the datasheet by the manufacturer we just trusted it and didn’t plan to release LCD for it, as the 8-bit interface limit the choice only to intelligent LCDs with internal RAM.
Claude Schwartz though proven the datasheet info wrong! He wrote on the irc #olimex channel that he made iMX233-OLinuXino-MAXI to work with both dummy and intelligent LCDs in 18 bit mode, so we sent him one A13-LCD4.3TS LCD to check and he sent us the picture above one day after he received the LCD.
This is iMX233-OLinuXino-MAXI wired with A13-LCD4.3TS LCD in dumb 18 bit mode, he attached USB-TV dongle to iMX233-OLinuXino-MAXI and actually this is TV stream from ZDF, iMX233 power is limited so he got only 3 pictures per second and this is more like slide show than TV stream.
Then he decided to do another test and compiled DOOM game for 320×240 pixel resolution and run it on iMX233-OLinuXino-MAXI with LCD, the result is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR3N2SycEXM
So despite datasheets write we can’t use dumb LCDs with the iMX233 in TQFP package, this is proven to be wrong.
Now the next challenge is to make the LCD touchscreen to work as iMX233 in TQFP package have only 3 ADC inputs, as Claude already prove the hard things are easy to solve, the impossible (according to the datasheets) just take some more time, so the touchscreen support is just matter of some more time.
Next step if touchscreen is complete? Building small board with iMX233+4.3″LCD+LiPo battery to create low cost Game console!