Embedded processor directly drives LCD

Posted on Jul 26, 2012

Driving a bare LCD does not necessarily require specialized interface circuitry or peripherals. This Design Idea describes an alternative drive scheme, which you can easily implement using the general-purpose outputs of a microcontroller. Many embedded-system applications need to interact with a user by displaying simple numeric or alphanumeric characters. Seven- or 14-segment LED displays are readily available at low cost and in many sizes. However, their relatively high power requirements and limited readability in direct sunlight restrict their use in battery-powered, portable devices.

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