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Everything you need to know about the onboard LCD

If you need help understanding how to manage the 2-line character LCD which is found on many of the Xilinx development boards, here are some interesting and useful resources gathered from a web search.  I've humbly titled this post Everything you need to know about the onboard LCD.

 

If anyone cares to add their own HD44780-related helps or links, please do so.

 

1.  The datasheet for the LCD controller, the Hitachi HD44780.  Here.

The various commands and modes, including character shifts, are described in the controller datasheet.

 

2.  Two-part 'how to use' article, published in 1997:  part 1  part 2

Creating user-defined graphics is covered in part 1

Using nibble (4-bit) mode is covered in part 2.

 

3.  Here's a useful 'how to use' page.  Here.

 

4.  Here's a nifty page for building custom characters for the HD44780.  Here.

 

5.  Here's an online (Java) emulator for an HD44780 LCD !! (also downloadable for offline use)  Here.

I haven't tried this, but it looks very useful for the newbie.

 

Hope this helps.

 

-- Bob Elkind

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