A Nokia 3310 LCD Screen is a graphical monochrome 84×84 pixel LCD screen, controlled by the Philips (NXP) PCD8544 IC. You can get them for very cheap. I picked a few up from eBay for about £3.00 each.
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The displays are very easy to use. They are interfaced with the SPI bus at 3.3 volts. This means with a simple potential divider, you can control them from a PC parallel port. On this page, I will use the Velleman K8055. It is probably simpler to use a parallel port but my new box doesn’t have one – such is progress!
|1||VDD||Logic Power Supply: VDD to GND – 2.7 to 3.3 V||Power|
|2||SCLK||Serial Clock: Input for the clock signal – 0.0 to 4.0 Mbits/s||Input|
|3||SDIN||Serial Data In: Input for the data line||Input|
|4||D/C||Mode Select: Selects either Data or Command/Address||Input|
|5||/SCE||Serial Chip Enable: The enable pin allows data to be clocked in – The signal is active LOW.||Input|
|7||VOUT||LCD Voltage: Add external 1-10 uF electrolytic capacitor from VOUT to GND||Power|
|8||/RES||Reset: Reset the device. Must be applied to initialise display. The signal is active LOW.||Input|
To interface the Nokia 3310 LCD to the Velleman K8055 requires some pull up resistors to compliment the open collector outputs. The diagram below shows how I set up the interfacing. The setup is pretty standard. I have used resistors so that the pull ups draw less current. I am running the entire circuit from the K8055‘s DACs (with source resistance). We need low current!
Talking to the Display
As I got here, I had some problems with my computer which I have not yet resolved. This will be while now, as I will be busy.
The only Nokia 3310 LCD I had to play about with is faulty. I have tried extensively to get the display to work based on my own code to no avail. In a diagnostics attempt, I was unable to make the display function with a device known to drive this type of LCD. I therefore assume that the screen is faulty. When I get the chance to purchase another screen, I will do so.
- Nokia 3310 LCD, 84×84 Pixels
- Philips (NXP) PCD8544 Datasheet