The 1.8″ display has 128×160 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!).
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. This shield works best with the Arduino UNO and compatibles. You can use it with the Mega but it won’t be as fast since it would be using software rather than hardware SPI for both the TFT and SD card, so it’s not recommended.
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.
- 1.8″ diagonal LCD TFT display
- Physical dimensions: 2.71″ (69mm) width, 2.1″ (53.5mm) height, 0.27″ (6.94mm) thickness (top of joystick)
- 128×160 resolution, 18-bit (262,144) color
- ST7735R controller with built in pixel-addressable video RAM buffer
- 4 wire SPI digital interface
- Built-in microSD slot – uses 2 more digital lines
- 5V compatible! Use with 3.3V or 5V logic Arduinos
- Onboard 3.3V @ 150mA LDO regulator
- 2 white LED backlight, transistor connected. Defaults to ‘on’ but can be connected to a digital pin for PWM or simply turning off
- Comes with header, requires soldering!
- Display current draw is mostly based on the backlight, with full backlight the current draw is ~100mA, this does not include the SD Card. SD cards can draw 20-100mA based on read/write. Measure current draw in circuit to get precise numbers.