When working with a 20×4 character LCD, you might be surprised to see the controller set to 2-line mode: Write_To_LCD(COMMAND,0x38); //SET 2 LINE,5*8 FONT Why would a 4-line LCD’s controller be set to 2-line mode? It has to do with the way the LCD glass is laid out. Essentially the display is the right and … Read more FAQ: Why does the initialization code for a 20×4 LCD specify 2-line mode?
Confused about the differences between TFTs, LCDs, and OLEDs? What Do They Stand For? TFT stands for Thin Film Transistor (shorthand for “Active Matrix TFT LCD”) LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display (shorthand for “Passive Matrix LCD) OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode How Do They Work? TFT displays are also known as an “Active Matrix TFT LCD module” … Read more FAQ: What is the Difference Between a TFT, LCD, and OLED?
Here is a not-so-common customer question: Is it possible to measure server temperatures using 30 different sensors, 200 feet away from the computer? Answer: Yes, this possible! Our WRDOWY17 temperature sensor is a natural choice for this type of application. The Crystalfontz 16×2 character LCD with keypad gives an easy serial or USB interface to 32 WRDOWY17 sensors. … Read more Not So FAQ: Can you use 30 temperature sensors, 200 feet from the PC ?
Our tech support team is often asked for information about “how to code an LCD.” In other words, how do I get started (and what is the best choice) of an LCD module for my project? Answer: The Crystalfontz Advanced LCD Modules are the quickest and easiest way to power up and run your LCD. These … Read more FAQ: How Do I Code For A Crystalfontz LCD?
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 … Read more Engineering Project: Crystalfontz 835 and an Arduino Mega 2560
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 … Read more Engineering and Art
Wondering how LCDs are constructed? How liquid crystals create an image? Or how backlights arranged for best viewing? What about different types of connections (SPI and I2C) and ways to drive LCD displays? So many questions. We have answers — check out the new Crystalfontz LCD Glossary. Growing Glossary of LCD Terminology and Acronyms This glossary will … Read more LCD Glossary
Crystalfontz is pleased to announce a new line of 128 x 32 OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays as part of our product catalog. These displays are compact in size and feature a high resolution 128×32 graphic display. Quick Start Guide – What You Need to Know 1) These displays are small and thin. You can … Read more New Product: 128 x 32 OLED Displays
Crystalfontz America announces three new supporting products for the128x64 pixel COG (Chip-On-Glass) graphic LCD display module series of displays based on the CFA10072 carrier board. 128×64 Graphic LCD Breakout Kit Using SPI or 8-bit parallel interface, simply connect the standard 20-pin header (0.100″ pitch) to your system’s PCB, using WR-JMP-Y40 jumper wires. No soldering required. … Read more New Product: Arduino and LCD Module Bundles
Question Some of your LCDs have a flexible connection, but I can’t find any connectors that fit them. What is the best way to connect these modules to a PCB? Answer There are three kinds of modules that have this kind of construction: TAB (Tape Automated Bonding) COF (Chip On Flex) and some COG (Chip … Read more FAQ: Hot Bar Soldering for TAB or COF Style LCD Modules
This is the first in a series of day-in-the-life posts at Crystalfontz. Today, we go behind the scenes and visit the production line — the final stage of the LCD manufacturing process. The Crystalfontz high-level interface modules go through a battery of tests and inspections. Our dedicated crew checks for electronic problems as well as … Read more Behind The Scenes: LCD Production Line