LCD 16x4 bus

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  1. looper

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    Hello boys,

    I am planning to build one system with some 16x2 lcd displays managed by a central unit as an arduino or raspberry but I have not clear which components to use, trying to get as cheap as possible.

    I thought about using bus RS-485 but I suppose I will need one board between display and the bus, right?

    Which components could I use?

    Regards
     
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  3. John P

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    I'd like to think there are some girls here too. But probably not many.

    You didn't say whether you expect to buy a product to do this project, or if you're willing to make something. If you're going to build a device, you can do it with a single 74595 (I'd use the 74HC595) per LCD display. You can wire them all up in series, and then you'd just need 3 control lines to operate the entire setup. You mention RS-485 and maybe that's necessary, but it would depend on how widely separated your system is, and what the electrical environment is like.
     
  4. looper

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    It is for a all shop scenario, so you can get 2m-3m between each lcd and the master unit.

    I need to build the sistem from scratch, lcd, master unit, communication, enclosures...

    My electronic knowledge is low, so I prefer interconnect modules instead to build a new one.

    Regards
     
  5. spinnaker

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    Actually, I would think that most people around here are men and women. Not sure of the ops intent but the term "boy" is considered an insult by a significant segment of Americans. One of a sensitive nature.
     
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  6. thatoneguy

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    Whatever, boy. :D
     
  7. looper

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    Dear boys and girls :)

    I see that module supports UART so I suppose I must use one MAXNNNN to communicate via a rs485 bus, right? Do you know any other module for this task?

    Regards
     
  8. John P

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    Hah.
    Here's one. It's single-ended logic, not RS485--I don't know if that makes it better or worse for your project.
    https://www.sparkfun.com/products/258
     
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