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  • Inexpensive and good looking

    posted by Simonetti2010 on 10/11/2012
    5

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    This is a very good looking, compact, graphical LCD for the Arduino. Although marketed as "Nokia 5110", this is in fact a Philips PCD8544 LCD display, with resolution of 84x48 and blue backlight.

    It has to be powered with 5V, and not 3.3V.

    The price is right at $5, and it can add a lot to anyone's project visual feedback.

    About connecting it to the Arduino: some sites suggest that you use a shift-level IC to connect it to the arduino, but that is totally unnecessary. A 4 x 1k + 2x10k resistors will do the job just fine. I even built a shield (using sku.138294) to connect it to the arduino (se pictures I uploaded to DX) using the resistors.

    For library, I am using the u8glib (http://code.google.com/p/u8glib/), which has built in support for the PCD8544 in the Arduino 1.0.1 environment. There are, however, several other libraries worth checking.

    Cons:

    There are none.

    OtherThoughts:

    It is worth to take the time and built a shield for this display, like I did. I also posted some pics of such shield on the sku.138294 page.

    One must also be very careful when handling this device, because it is very fragile.

    Bottomline:

    Although I love the text displays (16x2 and 20x4), a graphical LCD is always welcome, and being small, in this case, is quite and advantage. For less than $5, I am sure this is an expense nobody will regret.

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