August 24, 2012 AT 10:03 am

Fritzing Friday: LED Displays, TFT’s, microSD’s, RTC’s, and Level Shifters!

Fritzing Friday is my weekly roundup of the parts I’ve added to our Adafruit Fritzing Library. This week, we’ve got multi-segment LED displays, TFT displays, and a whole bunch of breakout boards.

To start things off, we’ve got our 0.56″ 4-digit 7-segment I2C display boards, available in red, green, yellow and blue. In Fritzing, you can switch between colors using the drop-down menu, the same way you choose colors for a regular LED. Rather than use the standard “8888″ 7-segment demo, I decided to mix it up a bit — each color has it’s own 4-digit number.

Next up, our 8×8 LED Matrix I2C displays, also available in red, green, yellow, and blue. Just like the 7-segment displays, you can select the LED color from a drop-down menu in the Fritzing Part Inspector panel.

Our 2.2″ and 1.8″ TFT LCD boards can be controlled over SPI, and have a microSD slot on the back for storing bitmap images with 18-bit color depth. The Adafruit TFT library for Arduino can be used to draw bitmaps or vector shapes:

Finally, I’ve added a bunch of handy breakout boards:

Clockwise from top left:

Phew!

As always, you can get the latest version of the library on GitHub!

Happy virtual breadboarding!

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8 Comments

  1. Amazing work John! You are putting out, by far, the best looking Fritzing components. Keep it up!

  2. Gracias, TC! :)

  3. Love the choices for the 4-digit numbers, though I’m a bit surprised you didn’t go with 4004.

  4. The 4004 would not belong with the other three. There’s a theme. :)

  5. I think I see it now…

  6. I think we all know what these need to be used for
    <img src="http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01674/future-date_1674140c.jpg"&gt;
    http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01674/future-date_1674140c.jpg

  7. Is there an easy way to clone the github source and keep Fritzing up-to-date? I tried cloning and creating a symlink in the Fritzing bins directory, but it didn’t work.

  8. @Tony- I don’t believe so. When you import the bin into Fritzing, Fritzing unpacks the bin into your user directory and updates your individual parts palette file. There’s no way to get it to automatically update simply by changing the .FZBZ file and restarting (unfortunately).

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