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Adafruit 1.8" 18-bit Color TFT Shield w/microSD and Joystick

Adafruit 1.8'' 18-bit Color TFT Shield w/microSD and Joystick
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 Adafruit 1.8'' 18-bit Color TFT Shield w/microSD and JoystickAdafruit 1.8'' 18-bit Color TFT Shield w/microSD and Joystick 
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SKU:  PPADA802
Part Number:  802
Brand:  AdaFruit

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This lovely little shield is the best way to add a small, colorful and bright display to any project. We took our popular 1.8" TFT breakout board and remixed it into an Arduino shield complete with microSD card slot and a 5-way joystick navigation switch (with a nice plastic knob)! Since the display uses only 4 pins to communicate and has its own pixel-addressable frame buffer, it can be used easily to add a display & interface without exhausting the memory or pins.

The 1.8" display has 128x160 color pixels. Unlike the low cost "Nokia 6110" and similar LCD displays, which are CSTN type and thus have poor color and slow refresh, this display is a true TFT! The TFT driver (ST7735R) can display full 18-bit color (262,144 shades!). And the LCD will always come with the same driver chip so there's no worries that your code will not work from one to the other.

The shield has the TFT display soldered on (it uses a delicate flex-circuit connector) as well as a ultra-low-dropout 3.3V regulator and a 3/5V level shifter so its safe to use with 5V Arduinos. We also had some space left over so we placed a microSD card holder (so you can easily load full color bitmaps from a FAT16/FAT32 formatted microSD card) and a 5-way navigation switch (left, right, up, down, select). The microSD card is not included.

If you just want to display text, shapes, lines, pixels, etc the shield uses pins 13, 11, 10 and 8. If you'd like to add the navigation switch, it uses Analog 3 (all 5 switches are connected using a clever resistor trick to permit all the switches to share one analog pin). For the microSD card, you'll also give up Digital 12 and 4.

Comes as a fully assembled and tested shield with the display, microsd card holder and nav switch with knob as well as a stick of 0.1" header. To finish up and use, you will need to solder on the header onto the shield PCB, a quick 10 minute task.

Of course, we wouldn't just leave you with a datasheet and a "good luck!" - we've written a full open source graphics library that can draw pixels, lines, rectangles, circles, text and bitmaps as well as example code and a wiring tutorial. The code is written for Arduino but can be easily ported to your favorite microcontroller!


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Bright little display
Tuesday, 10 December 2013  |  John

The hardware seems very well put together and just seems to work!As a relative beginner with Arduino it did take some head scratching and re-reading of the Adafruit user guide before I could get the demo software to load and run. But that is what it is a

 

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