Nintendo DS Upper screen interface

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I have a Nintendo DS upper screen assembly. Can anyone supply links to the onboard controller? Or links to other AVR projects using this screen? Seems like such a shame to let it go to waste. Also, if anyone knows what type of connector is used for the plastic ribbon connection, that would be great.
I envision using this as a display for my reflow oven. I know there are simpler LCDs to use, but I have this one and it would look cool.
Thanks, Guys.

Jim M., Rank amateur AVR guy.

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I know there are simpler LCDs to use

The key question is "is it a 'module' with local RAM and controller? or is it a raw Hsync/Vsync panel expecting the CPU to do timing control and handle the frame buffer?". If the former (like many Nokia mobile displays) then you have some hope interfacing to an AVR. If the latter then you have no hope.

(I'm guessing the latter and that Nintendo may have even developed the CPU silicon themselves to incoporate an LCD timing controller)

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I believe the NDS uses an ARM7 and an ARM9 onboard. The ribbon has, at its terminus, an staggered row of about 40-42 connections. It's about 15mm long. I was hping to find out that it has an onboard controller that can be interfaced, but since it's a video game display required to have at least a passable display rate it may be that the ARM7 or ARM9 is the controller.
It would be a shame if it could be relatively easily interfaced with. It's a nice display with an steel frame/enclosure.
I'm still holding out a little hope that the wizards here come up with something. If it's possible, I can't be the first one to think of it.

Jim M., Rank amateur AVR guy.

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Hi,
The ARM9 does gameplay and video, while the ARM7 does sound.

There are a lot of sites where people interface the DS with other things such as TVs maybe from that can get better picture of how the LCD might work.

Alan.

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Thanks for the help. But I'm not willing to engineer an entire interface system. It was a nice idea, but apparently a non-starter. I suppose I'll just put it away for when my daughter breaks her DS again.

Jim M., Rank amateur AVR guy.