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Serially Interfaced, 8-Digit, LED Display Drivers

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Parameters

Parametric specs for Display Drivers
LCD or LED LED
Display Type Common Cathode
Interface Serial 3-Wire 10Mbit
Digits or Char. 8-Digit
Output Format 7 segment + DP
Fonts Code B
VSUPPLY (V) (min) 4
VSUPPLY (V) (max) 5.5
Package/Pins PDIP/24
SOIC (W)/24
Budgetary
Price (See Notes)
5.65

Key Features

  • 10MHz Serial Interface
  • Individual LED Segment Control
  • Decode/No-Decode Digit Selection
  • 150µA Low-Power Shutdown (Data Retained)
  • Digital and Analog Brightness Control
  • Display Blanked on Power-Up
  • Drive Common-Cathode LED Display
  • Slew-Rate Limited Segment Drivers for Lower EMI (MAX7221)
  • SPI, QSPI, MICROWIRE Serial Interface (MAX7221)
  • 24-Pin DIP and SO Packages

Applications/Uses

  • Bar Graph Displays
  • Industrial Controllers
  • LED Matrix Displays
  • Panel Meters

Description

The MAX7219/MAX7221 are compact, serial input/output common-cathode display drivers that interface microprocessors (µPs) to 7-segment numeric LED displays of up to 8 digits, bar-graph displays, or 64 individual LEDs. Included on-chip are a BCD code-B decoder, multiplex scan circuitry, segment and digit drivers, and an 8x8 static RAM that stores each digit. Only one external resistor is required to set the segment current for all LEDs. The MAX7221 is compatible with SPI™, QSPI™, and MICROWIRE™, and has slew-rate-limited segment drivers to reduce EMI.

A convenient 4-wire serial interface connects to all common µPs. Individual digits may be addressed and updated without rewriting the entire display. The MAX7219/MAX7221 also allow the user to select code-B decoding or no-decode for each digit.

The devices include a 150µA low-power shutdown mode, analog and digital brightness control, a scan-limit register that allows the user to display from 1 to 8 digits, and a test mode that forces all LEDs on.

For applications requiring 3V operation or segment blinking, refer to the MAX6951 data sheet.

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