DRIVING NKK “IS01PA001” LCD SmartDisplays with ATMEL [ATMEGA88PA] Micro-Controller

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Lately I’ve been messing around with these Small mini LCD display units from the Company NKK. These units are referred to as “SmartDisplays” or “SmartSwitches”.

Shown below is one of NKK’s many SmartDisplay units. The IS01PA001 is a Monochrome display with a Dual LED backlight of Yellow and Green color.

NKK IS01PA001 SmartDisplay Datasheet PDF Link:  NKK_IS01PA001_Datasheet

NKK ISO1PA001 SmartDisplay
NKK ISO1PA001 SmartDisplay

There have been many guides and Magazine articles published on the subject of interfacing and driving graphics to these great little LCD displays. However I have not been able to find a Step-by-Step Tutorial to show Students how to use these units and provide the necessary introductions to at least get started. Most of the guides I found are targeted for professional level Engineers.

So in turn I have decided to compile my own Instructional Video series with a Step-by-Step Guide on how to Drive these units using an ATMEL micro-controller.

I used various Datasheets and other online guides and or Papers to get a working platform and the necessary code to implement the Serial data communications and control signals to drive some basic graphics.

ATMEL ATMEGA88PA Micro-controller Pinouts
ATMEL ATMEGA88PA Micro-controller Pinouts
ATMEL ATMEGA88PA driving an NKK SmartDisplay.
ATMEL ATMEGA88PA driving an NKK SmartDisplay.

I will be posting this Instructional Video series on my Youtube Channel. I will also provide a PDF Guide and the required micro-controller “C” Code on a devoted page on my Website very shortly for students to view and download.

So check back soon. Fun Stuff!!

Cheers!

-Gerry