Using an extension driver, the device can display up to 80 characters. The Hitachi HD LCD controller is limited to monochrome text displays and is often used in copiers , fax machines , laser printers , industrial test equipment, networking equipment, such as routers and storage devices. Compatible LCD screens are manufactured in several standard configurations. Larger custom sizes are made with 32, 40 and 80 characters and with 1, 2, 4 or 8 lines.
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You can get many different screen sizes e. Regardless of that, the chipset, and hence the driving software remains the same. In addition you can also generate your own characters. Using these it is possible to create a simple bar graph to display a graphical representation of voltage etc. The HD is capable of operating in 8 bit mode i. It is a trade off between speed and number of microcontroller pins you have available. In fact speed is not really that important as the amount of data needed to drive the display is low and the timing of the HD interface means there are lots of 37us delays needed anyway after a command is written.
The liquidCrystal library uses us to be on the safe side. Note One command: clear display takes 2ms. The 4 bit mode is more appropriate for microcontrollers since you only need about 6 pins. Inside the HD you still have 8 bit operation so for 4 bit mode you do two writes to get that 8 bit quantity inside the chip.
This is a simple example. Note how the main loop has no code since we only want to initialise and display the text without doing anything else. The Hitachi HD has many commands, Here are the most useful: initialisation, xy location setting and print:. Tell the software what display you have - must be called before other commands.
This is an overloaded function that can print any of the three number types or a string. An object is created using the main class constructor in this case LiquidCrystal as follows here the object created is labeled lcd :. Note: This is also used to initialise internal data structures with the pins in use. Once created, you can access the class library functions with the instantiated object lcd followed by a period and then the public class function: So, to print out some text for the lcd object above you would type:.
There's nothing wrong with the code but it has to do a lot of manipulation to make the operation generic. It shows how that to make code generalised and easy to use there is a sacrifice in performance. There are two interesting parts to this operation.
First of all the pin mode is set every time that a write is made to the LCD. This would ensure that if other code accidentally set the pin direction wrongly then this would override it.
Usually a port is dedicated to one operation so pin modes should be set in the "setup" routine. The way it is done here is "safe" but gives a big performance hit at each lcd write operation.. Secondly to manipulate each data bit to direct it to the output takes a few operations involving selecting the pin and then shifting the value right. It's clever and works in all cases but again there is a performance hit. By using the hardware in a straight forward way then you can avoid this coding i.
For arduino operation, performance is not as important as speed and ease of coding and it allows users to mix and match code to get it working but you should be aware that underneath all the magic there can be a lot going on and you could re-write it or re-wire the hardware for better performance.
The following example uses the print command to continuously output an updated time display every 99ms. You could represent any analogue quantity with this code.. You can use this information to display a horizontal bar graph. Note: You can use as many pixels as you want as the bar drawing routine uses x,y LCD coordinates to start from, and then just a number representing the number of pixels to draw to the right.
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Warning Some HD Displays have the 16 connection pins on lower edge of the pcb - so you might get it upside down - It is probably best if to test out the display on a solderless breadboard if unsure of the display orientation.
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You can get many different screen sizes e. Regardless of that, the chipset, and hence the driving software remains the same. In addition you can also generate your own characters. Using these it is possible to create a simple bar graph to display a graphical representation of voltage etc. The HD is capable of operating in 8 bit mode i.
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