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Universal LCD Module


Universal LCD Module
Interfacing an LCD to a microcontroller system is daily bread and butter for the average electronics engineer. There are innumerable variants and many circuit suggestions for interfacing the six to seven LCD signals to a microcontroller system. In an effort to prevent continual reinvention of the wheel the author of this design used this simple formula:
(LCD module + Atmel controller) + (a touch of software) = (universal display module)
to design this versatile display unit and PCB.
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Gerber file

CAM/CAD data for the PCB referred to in this article is available as a Gerber file. Elektor GREEN and GOLD members can exclusively download these files for free as part of their membership. Gerber files allow a PCB to be produced on an appropriate device available locally, or through an online PCB manufacturing service.

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Component list
R1 = see text
C1,C5 = 100nF
C2, C3 = 27pF
C4 = 10µF 16V radial
D1-D4 = 1N4148
T1 = BS170
IC1 = AT90S2313, order code 050259-41
X1 = 11.0592MHz quartz crystal
S1-S16 = pushbutton type D6
LCD module, 2x16 characters
PCBs, ref. 050259-1
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