Wichit Sirichote, email@example.com
Easy build and use, the general purpose Big LED with SPI serial interfacing. Expandable for multiple digits but still uses only three wires for receiving data from any uC boards.
The circuit uses a serial-in-parallel out shift register, 74HC595 for receiving serial data from uController board. See example of U5 in the schematic, SER is for data input, SRCLK is shift clock and RCLK is Latch clock. Each data bit is shifted into the register on rising edge of the shift clock. When all data bits are shifted into the 8-bit register, the rising edge of RCLK will clock the data to be latched at each output bit, i.e. QA - QH.
The Big LED is made from cheap dot LED. Each segment has five dot LED connected in series with a limiting resistor tied to +12V. The logic high at the input of ULN2003 makes the output active low, thus sinks the LED current into the chip. The driver has 7-bit for segment a, b, c, d, e, f, and g. Q1 is for optional point display.
Multiple digits can easily be made by connecting the QH to the next digit serial input bit, see the circuit below. Please note that, the shift clock and latch signal are tied to every 74HC595.
Below is exemplary display board with four digits LED for temperature displaying. The control board may be attached to the display board by 10-pin header J2, on the back panel, say.
Download schematic here schemctic.pdf
If someone free, please help me layout the PCB as the display board shown above.
Contribution to SPI LED
- SPI_LED.zip Easy build single side layout for four digits LED, suitable for clock and thermometer display made by Mohamed Kikia, Isipingo Beach, South Africa. Zip file contains three files in DXF format. Below picture shows a sample board tested with a clock module.
27 Feb 2546