Whither Tiny OLED Display?

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Greets, folks!

 

Several years past, I got an Atmel Dev board with a beautiful little OLED display on it. If memory serves me accurately (probably isn't!), it was a pixel-addressable display that could show two lines of text (by maybe 10-16 characters) and about 1cm x 2cm in outer dimensions. At the time, I searched in vain for a source. I found a few things somewhat close on AliBaba but I am not going to go there.

 

Now, fast forward to now ... I have a possible application for such a display. A really cursory search drew blanks, again. Does anyone have any hints or known sources for such a sweet little display? It could be a character display; I really don't need graphics!

 

Thanks

Jim

Jim Wagner Oregon Research Electronics, Consulting Div. Tangent, OR, USA http://www.orelectronics.net

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Something like this:

 

https://www.sparkfun.com/products/14048

 

There's actually loads of them about - try searching "128x32 OLED" or "128x64 OLED"

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ka7ehk wrote:
... and about 1cm x 2cm in outer dimensions.

Small 48x64 .71inch OLED Display (CFAL4864A071BW) (Crystalfontz)

[14*22*1+ mm]

Use case for small OLED :

ARM9 Based Linux SOM (System On Module) (CFA10036)

 

OLED are wide temperature range though aren't sunlight readable (add a sunshade)

 

edit :

OLED - Crystalfontz LCD Glossary

[bottom]

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Some OLED displays are bright enough to be sunlight readable–these models will typically take more current and may have a shorter rated lifetime.

...

 

"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

Last Edited: Tue. Nov 19, 2019 - 07:39 PM
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I got an Atmel Dev board with a beautiful little OLED display on it.

The Xmega E5 board? I thought I had a diagram with  part numbers but can't find it.

John Samperi

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www.ampertronics.com.au

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Probably was that E5 board. I remember finding the part number and OEM name, but then unable to find the specified source. It was probably hidden off in some corner of China.

 

Jim

Jim Wagner Oregon Research Electronics, Consulting Div. Tangent, OR, USA http://www.orelectronics.net

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This:

 

https://www.microchip.com/webdoc...

 

 

JIm

 

Edit:

Part number: UG-2832HSWEG04
 

Manufacturer: WiseChip

 

Datasheet: https://cdn-shop.adafruit.com/da...

 

Purchase on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/UG-2832HS...

or

https://www.elecok.com/ug-2832hs...

 

Or

 

https://store.digilentinc.com/pm...

 

 

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Last Edited: Tue. Nov 19, 2019 - 08:15 PM
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That is it!

 

West Coast Jim

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"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

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The 128x32 SSD1306 displays are easy to use.   I2C or SPI.  

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Thanks for the suggestions folks. That should certainly get the juices flowing.

 

Jim

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You may need to consider mitigation to avoid screen burn - OLEDs are very susceptible if used with static images. Something I learned from experience...

 

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If you go back to Amazon they have several sizes, shapes, colors, etc to choose from:

 

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Inteltronic&i=industrial&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

 

A tasty oled:

When in the dark remember-the future looks brighter than ever.   I look forward to being able to predict the future!

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Hmmm, it appears that the nice molded housing and such is a custom product. Ease of mounting was one of the things that made the unit on the Xplained board so attractive.

 

Now, I am confused. The BOM for the Atmel OLED board references WiseChip in Taiwan; their website does not know anything about the PN on the Atmel BOM. The Adafruit document that JGM linked talks about "Univision" and does not quite match what I think the display is.

 

Darn!  Anyway, it is now looking less attractive due to display power consumption. Foo!  Thanks for all the great suggestions and input, though. It all might be useful in the end!

 

Jim

Jim Wagner Oregon Research Electronics, Consulting Div. Tangent, OR, USA http://www.orelectronics.net

Last Edited: Wed. Nov 20, 2019 - 05:38 PM
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Jim

Take a look at the last link in post #6.  YOu should be able to mount that somehow.  Or 3D print a bracket.

 

East Coast Jim

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Do you need color?

 

The Nokia 5110  is easy to drive, and there are many suppliers that package in on a small breakout PCB, as shown.

I have a drawer full of them, as they have replaced Char LEDs in many of my projects.

 

Banggood Electronics has them for $2.35 each, Qty 10.

You might even find them for less elsewhere.

 

JC

 

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That looks really attractive. Sparkfun quotes the size as 45mm x 45mm. Is that the board size or the outer dimension of the module?

 

Thanks

Jim

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ka7ehk wrote:
Is that the board size or the outer dimension of the module?

I often find that's a difficult question to find the answer to!

 

angry

 

 

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ka7ehk wrote:
Anyway, it is now looking less attractive due to display power consumption.
Timed load switch the OLED if the display on/off operation is available to the operator.

Sharp Memory LCD may be an alternative to Crystalfontz OLED though

  • reduced contrast
  • larger

 

Products - Sharp - Memory LCD

 

https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit_SHARP_Memory_Display/blob/master/Adafruit_SharpMem.h

versus

https://github.com/ganzziani/Xproto-Watch-Bootloader/blob/master/GccBoardProject1/src/display.h

(each pixel is equivalent to one bit of write-only volatile storage, one pixel row for each active SPI chip select signal; therefore, regions instead of raster)

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ka7ehk wrote:
now looking less attractive due to display power consumption.

What's your target there?

 

Have you considered the so-called "ePaper" displays  ... ?

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For the little monochrome GLCD, Nokia 5110, in post #16, I have a large batch that say "HXE" on the top right corner of the Red PCB, and their measurements are:

The actual GLCD module:

33 mm Tall, x 39 mm Wide.

 

The Red PCB is:

47 mm Tall x 45 mm Wide.

 

An older batch, without the "HXE", has a PCB of:

42 mm Tall x 44 mm Wide.

 

There are many sellers for this, and most ( ? ) have a pretty "standard" pinout.

 

There are, however, at least two different versions of the PCB with different pinouts.

So, although this display and the PCB breakout have been around for many years, you do have to pay attention to the actual pinout if you make multiple orders.

 

SparkFun sells then for $10 each, but I'm sure they buy them in bulk from other suppliers.

 

eBay has them for $1.42 USD and up.

 

Although I understand the reluctance to purchase a component off eBay for a commercial product, I'd at least look at the eBay listings.

I'm guessing SparkFun buys them off eBay, or directly from a Shenzhen, China supplier, which is where I think most of these come from.

 

JC

 

Edit:

I wrote my driver, (Basic), with the 84 pixels across, and 48 pixels down, with the wider silver frame edge at the top.

Depending upon what you want to display, and your layout, you could easily mount if "sideways", if desired.

 

 

 

Last Edited: Wed. Nov 20, 2019 - 07:38 PM
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ePaper is attractive. AdaFruit has a nice small module.

 

Also, AdaFruit says that all of the Nokia 5110 displays are salvaged from discarded phone and may have wear marks. Wear does not bother me, but the finite life of the supply stream does. Of course, all components have a potential supply life. But the 5110 situation seems a bit more uncertain at most. As an indicator, AdaFruit is currently out of them.

 

Its pretty clear that there are a variety of options for a really small display. At this point, I am simply checking the options to make sure that my parent board can support them, that the daughter board area is large enough, there is enough power, and that there are enough pins for a proper interface.

 

Thanks, everyone, for the great ideas (and caveats).

 

Jim

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Jim,

I forgot I use these quite a bit on repairs I do for another company:

 

https://www.digole.com/index.php...

 

I have a couple here if you want one to try out.  THe display shows up more grayish-white than blue but I suspect you can order the one you like

 

ECJ

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Got to see how that squares with available space. Interesting, though.

 

West Coast Jim

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When in the dark remember-the future looks brighter than ever.   I look forward to being able to predict the future!