Serial to Parallel Converter with open drain outputs?

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Peace Frog

Joined Apr 13, 2009
First of all I apologize if this is in the wrong section as this is my first post.

My next project is for a microcontroller class that's centered around the 8051. Having recently dug up a large cache of Nixie tubes I naturally have to build a clock.

I did a little digging and came up with the HV5522 Serial to parallal converter with open drain outputs. This is exactly what I need but it's surface mount, and for the moment I'm limited to parts I can put on strip board. Anyway, I'm looking for a part with at least 10 open drain outputs that I can drive with TTL.

I know I could do this with a shift register driving a bunch of FETs, but with a 6 digit clock and 10 control lines per digit I'm trying to cut down on individual parts. A few of my friends have made attempts at their own clocks, and I choked when I saw their 30+ transistors on each tube control module.



Joined Aug 15, 2007
Nuts & Volts magazine, October, 2006 had an article on making a Nixie tube clock. It may help for the hardware portion.



Joined Apr 20, 2004
You're going to have lots of wires. Each Nixie takes 180 volts DC, and then 10 lines for the cathodes. Current is minute, but the voltage is a bit high for most IC's.