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NEW PRODUCT – 1.8 18-bit color TFT LCD display with microSD card breakout

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NEW PRODUCT – 1.8 18-bit color TFT LCD display with microSD card breakout. This lovely little display breakout is the best way to add a small, colorful and bright display to any project. Since the display uses 4-wire SPI to communicate and has its own pixel-addressable frame buffer, it can be used with every kind of microcontroller. Even a very small one with low memory and few pins available!

The 1.8″ display has 128×160 color pixels. Unlike the low cost “Nokia 6110” and similar LCD displays, which are CSTN type and thus have poor color and slow refresh, this display is a true TFT! The TFT driver (ST7735R) can display full 18-bit color (262,144 shades!). And the LCD will always come with the same driver chip so there’s no worries that your code will not work from one to the other.

The breakout has the TFT display soldered on (it uses a delicate flex-circuit connector) as well as a ultra-low-dropout 3.3V regulator and a 3/5V level shifter so you can use it with 3.3V or 5V power and logic. We also had a little space so we placed a microSD card holder so you can easily load full color bitmaps from a FAT16/FAT32 formatted microSD card.

Of course, we wouldn’t just leave you with a datasheet and a “good luck!” – we’ve written a full open source graphics library that can draw pixels, lines, rectangles, circles, text and bitmaps as well as example code and a wiring tutorial. The code is written for Arduino but can be easily ported to your favorite microcontroller!

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4 Comments

  1. Any chance on a 3.6″ or similar LCD hooked with an ‘Nano? I’m wondering how cheap it would be to make a 240×320 sized badge slideshow, reading PPM’s off a MicroSD.

  2. we have a 2.8″ 240×320 with an Arduino library ready to go and we’ve been looking for a larger screen as well but it gets harder (and very expensive) to control the large screens as you get past 3.2″ so 3.6″ is a little unlikely

  3. A little bit of rubbing alcohol should clean up the solder flux residue seen on the board.

  4. CW, its no clean flux, you aren’t supposed to remove it

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