Controlling 7-segment displays with a 7 cent microcontroller
Tim’s Blog is back to using ultra-inexpensive microcontrollers to control LEDs.
Why would you use three WS2811 ICs to control a single 7-segment display when a single microcontroller could do it better at a lower cost?
I elected to use a PADAUK PFS154-S16 as microcontroller for each segment. This device has flash memory and sufficient I/O to control a 7 segment display without multiplexing. The cost is only $0.07, so it is cheaper than, for example, using multiple WS2811 instead.
Instead of a tricky protocol like typical LED controllers, these use a standard UART (serial) interface.
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
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