1. powzoom

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    What is the best way to hook up a 2x16 character LCD display without having a huge mess of wires? It's just 16 holes side by side with little space in between. Is there a cable or something that makes it less of a mess?
  2. hgmjr

    Retired Moderator

    Jan 28, 2005
    If you buy one with an RS232 interface built in, you can save a bunch of wires. If on the other hand you have a parallel input LCD display based on the HD44780 LCD driver then you can use the 4-bit interface rather than the 8-bit interface. That eliminates 4 wires out of the mess.

  3. John Luciani

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 3, 2007
    The hole pattern is most likely for a header connector. If your pattern is
    two rows of eight holes per row with a hole and row spacing of 0.1" then
    a connector like the FCI 68602-116HLF can be used. This type of
    connector is typical on LCD character displays.

    The header mates with a rectangular receptacle. You can solder wires
    onto the receptacle or get a receptacle with removable contacts. You
    can solder or crimp wires to the removable contacts.

    (* jcl *)
  4. ethan007


    May 11, 2009
    Actually I was also looking for this problem.