LCD Drivers

How does LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) driver work?

LCD is an array of liquid crystal segments. When not in an electrical field, crystals are organized in a random pattern, however, once the electric field is applied, the crystals align to the field. For driving a light through the aligned crystal field a light source is needed.

Passive and Active LCD Displays, what is the difference?

Passive LCD panels or STN LCDs consists of a grid of row and columns electrical signals. There is no charge stored at the segment and it may take multiple passes to correctly align the field to the desired value.

Active LCD drivers or TFT displays columns and rows are multiplexed to many different segments. The charge is stored at the transistor. One pass will set the aligned state of the transistor. A stronger backlight is needed than for a passive display.

Advantages of LCD displays
• LCD displays produce bright images because of their high peak intensity and they are suitable for environments that are brightly lit
• The durability of 50 thousand - 100 thousand hours
• Almost every industry uses them: military, consumer, medical, automotive, industrial and marine

Before you choose an LCD Driver, consider the requirements of your application and which types of displays are available to buy. With the right selection, RS Components can help to create the perfect LCD display module for your product.

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Description Price Number of Digits Number of Segments Maximum Clock Frequency Maximum Supply Current Mounting Type Package Type Pin Count Typical Operating Supply Voltage Dimensions Height Width Length Maximum Operating Temperature Minimum Operating Temperature
RS Stock No. 190-5949
Mfr. Part No.MAX1606EUA+
£2.43
Each (In a Pack of 2)
Units
- - 500kHz 320 μA Surface Mount μMAX 8 2.4 → 5.5 V 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.95mm 0.95mm 3.1mm 3.1mm +85 °C -40 °C
RS Stock No. 171-4096
Mfr. Part No.BU9796AFS-E2
BrandROHM
£1.153
Each (On a Reel of 2000)
Units
- 80 768Hz 1 μA Surface Mount SSOP 32 2.5 → 5.5 V 13.6 x 5.4 x 1.8mm 1.8mm 5.4mm 13.6mm +85 °C -40 °C
RS Stock No. 191-5137
Mfr. Part No.ICL7129ACPL+2
£6.86
Each
Units
4-1/2 7 360kHz 1.4 mA Through Hole PDIP 40 9 V 52.71 x 14.61 x 4.45mm 4.45mm 14.61mm 52.71mm +70 °C 0 °C
RS Stock No. 171-4112
Mfr. Part No.BU9796AFS-E2
BrandROHM
£2.316
Each (In a Pack of 5)
Units
- 80 768Hz 1 μA Surface Mount SSOP 32 2.5 → 5.5 V 13.6 x 5.4 x 1.8mm 1.8mm 5.4mm 13.6mm +85 °C -40 °C
RS Stock No. 192-1678
Mfr. Part No.ICM7211AIPL+
£4.42
Each (In a Pack of 2)
Units
4 28 0.016MHz - Through Hole PDIP 40 5 V 52.58 x 13.97 x 3.81mm 3.81mm 13.97mm 52.58mm +85 °C -20 °C
RS Stock No. 192-1262
Mfr. Part No.ICM7211AIPL+
£3.979
Each (In a Tube of 10)
Units
4 28 0.016MHz - Through Hole PDIP 40 5 V 52.58 x 13.97 x 3.81mm 3.81mm 13.97mm 52.58mm +85 °C -20 °C
RS Stock No. 190-4908
Mfr. Part No.ICM7211AMIQH+D
£3.93
Each (In a Tube of 28)
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4 7 19kHz 50 μA Surface Mount PLCC 44 5 V 16.66 x 16.66 x 1.53mm 1.53mm 16.66mm 16.66mm +85 °C -20 °C
RS Stock No. 185-0968
Mfr. Part No.BU9799KV-E2
BrandROHM
£2.889
Each (In a Pack of 10)
Units
- 200 104Hz 20 μA Surface Mount VQFP 64 2.5 → 5.5 V 10 x 10 x 1.4mm 1.4mm 10mm 10mm +85 °C -40 °C
RS Stock No. 190-4921
Mfr. Part No.MAX749CPA+
£2.911
Each (In a Tube of 50)
Units
- - 500kHz 60 μA Through Hole PDIP 8 2 → 6 V 9.91 x 7.87 x 4.45mm 4.45mm 7.87mm 9.91mm +70 °C 0 °C
RS Stock No. 191-3921
Mfr. Part No.ICL7129ACPL+2
£6.301
Each (In a Tube of 10)
Units
4-1/2 7 360kHz 1.4 mA Through Hole PDIP 40 9 V 52.71 x 14.61 x 4.45mm 4.45mm 14.61mm 52.71mm +70 °C 0 °C
RS Stock No. 190-5936
Mfr. Part No.ICM7224IPL+
£9.39
Each
Units
4-1/2 - 19kHz 50 μA Through Hole PDIP 40 5 V 52.71 x 14.61 x 4.45mm 4.45mm 14.61mm 52.71mm +85 °C -20 °C
RS Stock No. 190-6012
Mfr. Part No.ICM7211AMIQH+D
£4.565
Each (In a Pack of 2)
Units
4 7 19kHz 50 μA Surface Mount PLCC 44 5 V 16.66 x 16.66 x 1.53mm 1.53mm 16.66mm 16.66mm +85 °C -20 °C
RS Stock No. 190-4911
Mfr. Part No.MAX1606EUA+
£1.695
Each (In a Tube of 50)
Units
- - 500kHz 320 μA Surface Mount μMAX 8 2.4 → 5.5 V 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.95mm 0.95mm 3.1mm 3.1mm +85 °C -40 °C
RS Stock No. 190-4910
Mfr. Part No.ICM7224IPL+
£8.614
Each (In a Tube of 10)
Units
4-1/2 - 19kHz 50 μA Through Hole PDIP 40 5 V 52.71 x 14.61 x 4.45mm 4.45mm 14.61mm 52.71mm +85 °C -20 °C