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HPDL1414 Micro Clock

November 05, 2022 by Mirko Pavleski

Small Retro-look Clock with HPDL1414 displays, as well as the way in which static and moving text can be written on it.



1 Arduino IDE


1 Soldering iron (generic)
1 Solder Wire, Lead Free

 The HPDL-1414 is a 16-segment LED display with four printable fields that is over twenty years old. It has a red GaAsP screen to which we can add the epithet "smart", because it is capable of printing alphanumeric characters on its fields. The screen is controlled by a CMOS integrated circuit embedded in a plastic housing.This circuit contains RAM, ASCI II decoder, multiplexer and LED drivers. Thanks to these features, no additional components are needed to connect this display to the microcontroller. 

More displays can be connected in series, where for each subsequent one it is necessary to assign another GPIO to the WR pin, similar to the SPI interface.

 This time I will show you how to make an interesting mini Retro-look Clock with such a displays, as well as the way in which static and moving text can be written on it. For this purpose I wrote a super simple code, and a Schematic diagram.

 The device is very simple to make and consists of several components:

   - Arduino nano microcontroller

   - 2 pcs. HPDL-1414 Led displays

   - and DS3231 Realtime clock module

   - These three buttons are not connected to the circuit at the moment, and in some of the following versions of the code, they are intended to be used for setting the time and possibly the alarm.


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Schematic Diagram

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