Note: Although this guide has been written with the JHDA in mind, any LCD display controller that is compatible with the Hitachi HD interface will work; which is the majority of small display controllers like this. The first thing you will need to do, more than likely, is solder the headers to the JHDA module, as typically they do not come ready soldered together. The resistors used to connect pin 3 to GND and 5v can be changed in order to change the contrast of the screen, or can alternatively be replaced with a 10k potentiometer; for this example though we will stick to the 1k and 10k resistors as this provides a good level of contrast. Once finished wiring it up, you should have something that looks something like this hopefully a bit tidier than mine! If you now provide power to your Arduino, you should see your screen power up along side it.

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We come across LCD displays everywhere around us. Computers, calculators, television sets, mobile phones, digital watches use some kind of display to display the time. An LCD is an electronic display module which uses liquid crystal to produce a visible image. Contrast adjustment; the best way is to use a variable resistor such as a potentiometer. The output of the potentiometer is connected to this pin. Rotate the potentiometer knob forward and backwards to adjust the LCD contrast.

A 16X2 LCD has two registers, namely, command and data. The register select is used to switch from one register to other. A command is an instruction given to LCD to do a predefined task. Examples like initializing it, clearing its screen, setting the cursor position, controlling display etc. Processing for commands happens in the command register. When we send data to LCD it goes to the data register and is processed there. Generating custom characters on LCD is not very hard.

CG-RAM is the main component in making custom characters. It stores the custom characters once declared in the code. CG-RAM size is 64 byte providing the option of creating eight characters at a time. Each character is eight byte in size. We can generate custom characters at these addresses. Once we generate our characters at these addresses, now we can print them on the LCD at any time by just sending simple commands to the LCD. Character addresses and printing commands are below. In the table above you can see starting addresses for each character with their printing commands.

The first character is generated at address 0x40 to 0x47 and is printed on LCD by just sending simple command 0 to the LCD. The second character is generated at address 0x48 to 0x55 and is printed by sending 1 to LCD. How to power tge LCD? This is useful to read lcd text even in darkness. Hex adresses should end at 7f not You started at the right hex address but counted in decimal. Sign in Join.

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All the above mentioned LCD display will have 16 Pins and the programming approach is also the same and hence the choice is left to you. It is okay if you do not understand the function of all the pins, I will be explaining in detail below. Now, let us turn back our LCD:. Okay, what is this two black circle like things on the back of our LCD?


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The most basic form of electronic display available is 7 Segment display — which has its own limitations. The next best available option is Liquid Crystal Displays which comes in different size specifications. LCD modules form a very important part in many arduino based embedded system designs. So the knowledge on interfacing LCD module to arduino is very essential in designing embedded systems. The JHDA has 16 pins and can be operated in 4-bit mode using only 4 data lines or 8-bit mode using all 8 data lines. Here we are using the LCD module in 4-bit mode.

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