Searching for LCD modules in the UK

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Folks, I'm looking *hard* for 122*32 (or 120*32) LCD modules, preferably with SED1520 controllers (though I can live with others) and *definitely* with +5v supply (no negative supply available).

It's got to be available in/to the UK and should cost significantly less than Farnell's offering: http://uk.farnell.com/jsp/Optoelectronics/LCD+Displays/EVERBOUQUET/MG1203D-SBLW/displayProduct.jsp?sku=9449442

Google is very good at showing me large screen TVs :mad:

Any suggestions? The MG1203 or an exact equivalent (any colour) would be ideal. It has to be mountable to a PCB so it self supports - no floppy wires.

Neil

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Coincidence ???

There was this posting recently : https://www.avrfreaks.net/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=50604
It looks exactly as what you are looking for ... if you help the guy out with the software, he says he will send you 4 of these displays free of charge :)

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Hmm... almost there on the displays, but I fear that continuance of supply may be an issue :)

However, I *can* solve his problem :)

Neil

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Neil,

Here's an off the wall idea...I can't be sure that this is 122x32 but it's something pretty close to that dimension. The other day I was buying a £25 7" LCD photoframe from ebuyer.com (amazing bargain!) and to use Google Checkout and get £10 off an order over £30 I wanted to put something else in the basket. So I also bought an MP3/WMA player for £7.76. In fact this one:

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product...

First thought on this was how on Earth can they be making any money on this thing. If I paid £7.76 then the components cost the manufactruer about £2.50! In that there is some kind of microcontroller, a (DSP?) chip doing the MP3/WMA decode, an SD card reader and a mono graphic LCD screen (with blue backlight) that appears to be about that pixel size you mentioned.

It might be worth getting one of these simply to pull it apart and see if the LCD within it is recoverable.

I'm afraid I'm not going to pull my one apart because it's actually a really good MP3/WMA player! With Sennheiser headphones the sound is as good as my Creative Zen W and I was really surprised that it plays WMA as well as MP3 - so I don't need to re-rip all my CDs which are already in WMA format.

My only complaint about the LCD is that even at the top contrast setting it is perhaps just a wee bit "wishy washy".

By the way, the entire thing runs off one AAA cell so I doubt that there are -ve voltages in there.

Cliff

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Cliff, any chance you could get a measurement of the display area? I can't tell from the pics... it has definite possibilities but looks a little small.

Cheers,

Neil

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Neil,

Not as big as the datasheet for then link you posted. It looks like about 25w x 11h (mm). I'm pretty sure the vertical pixel resolution IS 32 pixels so that makes it a dot pitch of 0.34 and by that token the horizontal pixel dimension is just 72 pixels. So it's not as wide as the one you're looking for.

But the idea may still hold. Depending on the quantities you need then there may be some existing piece of dirt cheap (read "made in China") piece of consumer electronics with a suitable display - there's a lot of real cheap "long/thin" MP3 players out there with possibly suitable LCDs. ebay ("buy it now") is also often worth a look.

Cliff

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Thanks, Cliff. I think that makes the dot pitch too fine, anyway. It needs to be readable at arms' length while driving... I'll keep an eye out for others, though.

Cheers,

Neil