What connector for this LCD panel?

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  1. spinnaker

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    I would like to build a breakout board for LCD panels.

    One if the ones I have been buying look like the attached.


    Basically it is a 16 pin, what sort of looks like an edge connector but nit exactly.

    What I am doing currently is to solder a SIP into the connector and then connect make my various connections to that.

    I suppose I could use a header and a SIP. Soldering one to the breakout board and the other to the LCD panel.

    But I really want to avoid soldering on the LCD panel. I just want to be able to plug it in.

    Do these edge type connectors exist? If so what would I look for? (I will be ordering from mouser).
     
  2. retched

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    I soldered mine.

    I suppose you could use a PCI card connecter. As long as the spacing was right...

    Then you could wire out to a header for prototyping.
     
  3. hgmjr

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    I have used a standard single row vertical male header with 0.1 inch spacing between the pins.

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  4. spinnaker

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    I wonder if you could even get a 16pin version.


    And if you look at the connector a regular edge connector would not work unless maybe I modified it. You would need to knock out the two ends of the connector.
     
  5. retched

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    You could use any .1" spacing version (with atleast 16pins)
    And just use the 16 that fall on the pads.
     
  6. spinnaker

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    Yeah I guess but I might still need to modify it right? Or maybe if it were large enough it would work.
     
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    You could stick the whole thing in there, and just use the 16 pins that meet the 16 pads.
     
  8. SgtWookie

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    Just use a single header row of pins, and solder it to the LCD panel connector.

    Otherwise, if you try to fool around with a card edge connector, and there is no means to accurately align it, you stand a very good chance of burning up either the LCD display or whatever you're using to drive it with.

    You can use a ribbon cable with those snap-on connectors to drive the thing with. An old floppy disk drive cable might work OK for that - use a dual row header on your breakout panel, and ground all the pins in one of the rows. That will provide alternating signal/ground/signal in the cable to the LCD. Just make certain you align the LCD headers correctly when you plug it in.
     
  9. spinnaker

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    Yeah looks like this is going to be what I will have to do. I was hoping there was a connector out there so I could plug in the LCD then easily move it on to my project.

    I'm think I'll set up my "breakout" board to mimic the type of connector I am using in my projects. That way I only solder up the LCD once.
     
  10. retched

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    Yeah. Thats how they all end up. After the hours of figuring what to do, you could have soldered the header on and been building.

    It really is a very good way to go.
     
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