Behind the Scenes

See what goes on behind the scenes at Crystalfontz. Take a look at our production line and see how your modules are manufactured. Meet some of the people who make it all happen here.

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A Look Back in Tech History: The HD44780 Controller Data Sheet

Sherman, set the wayback machine to 1985: We are going to take a look at the original HD44780 Data Sheet. Some time back, we wrote about the legendary HD44780 controller, to which the modern character LCD industry owes much of its existence. Having been in the business of designing embedded electronics for some time, we …

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Green Shipping - Box Recycle

Green Shipping

Did you know that Crystalfontz offers a ‘green shipping option’? We do. Upon checkout, it is possible to select this option, giving us permission to reuse a box to ship out your order. All of our modules are shipped using ESD-safe packaging and packaged to ensure safe delivery. We appreciate your help in reducing the …

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The Legendary HD44780 Controller

Modern Character LCD display modules have been possible since 1987 when Hitachi introduced the HD44780 LCD controller. Since then, Hitachi no longer manufactures this integrated circuit (IC), but modern LCD controller ICs make it a point to be HD44780-compatible. Controller Compatibility The character LCD display modules offered by Crystalfontz America Inc. are no exception to …

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Engineering Project: Crystalfontz 835 and an Arduino Mega 2560

Crystalfontz actively supports learning, especially for engineers-in-training. A few months ago, we were approached by a senior student working on a capstone project at EWU and the project was unveiled at a poster presentation on June 1st at the university. We are impressed by this project, incorporating a Crystalfontz 835 LCD module and an Arduino …

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Engineering and Art

Engineers are known for their curious and typically black-and-white way of thinking. They tackle the tough problems. They love math. Order and matching rule. Their art is usually defined by measurable parameters — CAD drawings, tracings, and placements of resistors. Crystalfontz electrical engineer Brent recently did some mosaic artwork, inspired by his wife who enjoys …

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