7 segment Led display

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  1. RdAdr

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    So after reading on the internet i figure it out what A,B,C,D,E,F,G,DP does.Also the role of the resistances in series with the 7 segment-diodes(to minimize the current so that the diodes dont burn out).I know that combinations of COM1,COM2,COM3,COM4 give different numbers.
    What i don't understand is the role of the transistors and the resistances.Is that a BCD to 7 segment decoder?I guess not because the decoder converts COM1,COM2,COM3,COM4 to 7 segments.
    So what does the transistors do?They are there to convert C1,C2,C3,C4 to COM1,COM2,COM3,COM4.But why?How?Please help.


    PS:those are pnp transistors.The quality of image is not very good.
     
  2. Dodgydave

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    Its a common Anode led display, they feed the segments (a to g, dp) in the module and illuminate each led, using current limiting resistors.

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    The transistors switch on each Anode separately to enable multiplexing.
     
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  3. RdAdr

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    So wait...i have there 4 digits?Because i have 4 transistors.
    I thought that i only have 1 digit with 7 segments.
     
  4. Dodgydave

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    yes four separate displays that have their cathodes tied together, and each has a transistor to drive the Anode.
     
  5. MrChips

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    You would think that by just looking at the display you can tell how many digits you have.
     
  6. RdAdr

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    So inside that LED1 there are 4 digits that have their cathodes tied together and each has a transistor to drive the anode.If com1 is 0(transistor 1 is blocked) then 1st digit doesnt show anything,no matter what A,B to G are(0 or 1).
    And each digit has 7 segments.So there are 4*7=28 segments.So there are 28 diodes.

    But i have only one set of A,B to G.Aren't these 4 digits all show the same thing together?



    On this link:
    http://www.thelearningpit.com/lp/doc/7seg/7seg.html
    2nd truth table
    I thought that SW3,2,1,0 are like my Com4,3,2,1.And different combinations of these give the desired numeral(0 to 9) to appear on the 1 digit.How come there are 4 digits in there?

    And further down the page for more than 1 digit they show that by multiplexing u can realize that.But there u have more than 1 set of a,b to g.I only have 1 set.
     
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  7. MrChips

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    I think you need to start from square one. Give us the model number and link to the display you have.
     
  8. RdAdr

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    The professor said that the circuit will be designed as an adapter for the development board A1847-V0.And my job is figure out how that scheme works and what does it do.He said also that this is a 4 digit LED display.

    The model number is SSAC V0.

    The display i have uploaded here(images.jpeg).I dont know if this is the display u're reffering at.(this is from the internet...not from the professor like the other two)
     
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