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alex wetmore
2004-08-03, 13:51
On Tue, 3 Aug 2004, Sean Adams wrote:
> A hardware upgrade kit is also available, which converts an original
> 2-line text Squeezebox into the new graphic Squeezebox. The upgrade kit
> includes free shipping in the USA, with a $20 rebate if you choose to
> return your original character display. Reseller pricing and
> availability will be announced shortly. More information about the
> upgrade kit is available here:
>
> http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_display_upgrade.html

So what is SlimDevices doing with the old displays? Are they useful
for anything else (for instance is the pinout compatible with PCs
through a serial or parallel port interface, or do they have something
that emulates an HD44780 on them)?

alex

seanadams
2004-08-03, 17:14
Alex,

The displays use a standard hitachi interface so they will work for
many kinds of hobbyist projects including PC parallel port interfaces.
You're welcome to keep the old display if it's useful to you - in
single pc qty Digikey charges about $90 for them!

Sean


On Aug 3, 2004, at 1:51 PM, alex wetmore wrote:

> On Tue, 3 Aug 2004, Sean Adams wrote:
>> A hardware upgrade kit is also available, which converts an original
>> 2-line text Squeezebox into the new graphic Squeezebox. The upgrade
>> kit
>> includes free shipping in the USA, with a $20 rebate if you choose to
>> return your original character display. Reseller pricing and
>> availability will be announced shortly. More information about the
>> upgrade kit is available here:
>>
>> http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_display_upgrade.html
>
> So what is SlimDevices doing with the old displays? Are they useful
> for anything else (for instance is the pinout compatible with PCs
> through a serial or parallel port interface, or do they have something
> that emulates an HD44780 on them)?
>
> alex
>
>

seanadams
2004-08-03, 17:18
BTW I was referring to the 40x2 displays have Hitachi interfaces.

The new 280x16 displays use a custom interface which is only for
Squeezebox.

On Aug 3, 2004, at 5:14 PM, Sean Adams wrote:

>
> Alex,
>
> The displays use a standard hitachi interface so they will work for
> many kinds of hobbyist projects including PC parallel port interfaces.
> You're welcome to keep the old display if it's useful to you - in
> single pc qty Digikey charges about $90 for them!
>
> Sean
>
>
> On Aug 3, 2004, at 1:51 PM, alex wetmore wrote:
>
>> On Tue, 3 Aug 2004, Sean Adams wrote:
>>> A hardware upgrade kit is also available, which converts an original
>>> 2-line text Squeezebox into the new graphic Squeezebox. The upgrade
>>> kit
>>> includes free shipping in the USA, with a $20 rebate if you choose to
>>> return your original character display. Reseller pricing and
>>> availability will be announced shortly. More information about the
>>> upgrade kit is available here:
>>>
>>> http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_display_upgrade.html
>>
>> So what is SlimDevices doing with the old displays? Are they useful
>> for anything else (for instance is the pinout compatible with PCs
>> through a serial or parallel port interface, or do they have something
>> that emulates an HD44780 on them)?
>>
>> alex
>>
>>

jacobdp
2004-08-03, 17:24
On Tue, 3 Aug 2004 17:18:53 -0700, Sean Adams <sadams (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com> wrote:
> The new 280x16 displays use a custom interface which is only for
> Squeezebox.

So would it be possible to hack one into a SLIMP3? Is the PIC even fast enough?

- Jacob

seanadams
2004-08-03, 17:52
> On Tue, 3 Aug 2004 17:18:53 -0700, Sean Adams <sadams (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com>
> wrote:
>> The new 280x16 displays use a custom interface which is only for
>> Squeezebox.
>
> So would it be possible to hack one into a SLIMP3? Is the PIC even
> fast enough?
>

Completely impossible. It is not remotely fast enough and does not have
enough memory, and besides there wouldn't be enough time available on
the bus to drive the display even if the PIC were capable.

Geoff
2004-08-11, 11:43
Sean Adams wrote:
>
> Alex,
>
> The displays use a standard hitachi interface so they will work for many
> kinds of hobbyist projects including PC parallel port interfaces. You're
> welcome to keep the old display if it's useful to you - in single pc qty
> Digikey charges about $90 for them!

Any chance you know the PN for the Digikey equivalent?


> Sean
>
>
> On Aug 3, 2004, at 1:51 PM, alex wetmore wrote:
>
>> On Tue, 3 Aug 2004, Sean Adams wrote:
>>
>>> A hardware upgrade kit is also available, which converts an original
>>> 2-line text Squeezebox into the new graphic Squeezebox. The upgrade kit
>>> includes free shipping in the USA, with a $20 rebate if you choose to
>>> return your original character display. Reseller pricing and
>>> availability will be announced shortly. More information about the
>>> upgrade kit is available here:
>>>
>>> http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_display_upgrade.html
>>
>>
>> So what is SlimDevices doing with the old displays? Are they useful
>> for anything else (for instance is the pinout compatible with PCs
>> through a serial or parallel port interface, or do they have something
>> that emulates an HD44780 on them)?
>>
>> alex
>>
>>

dean
2004-08-11, 16:02
The closest model that Digi-key sells is:

286-1009-ND
aka
CU40025SCPB-U1J

The one in the Squeezebox differs in that it has a European character
font set, not the japanese font in the model listed above.


On Aug 11, 2004, at 11:43 AM, Geoff wrote:

> Sean Adams wrote:
>> Alex,
>> The displays use a standard hitachi interface so they will work for
>> many kinds of hobbyist projects including PC parallel port
>> interfaces. You're welcome to keep the old display if it's useful to
>> you - in single pc qty Digikey charges about $90 for them!
>
> Any chance you know the PN for the Digikey equivalent?
>
>
>> Sean
>> On Aug 3, 2004, at 1:51 PM, alex wetmore wrote:
>>> On Tue, 3 Aug 2004, Sean Adams wrote:
>>>
>>>> A hardware upgrade kit is also available, which converts an original
>>>> 2-line text Squeezebox into the new graphic Squeezebox. The upgrade
>>>> kit
>>>> includes free shipping in the USA, with a $20 rebate if you choose
>>>> to
>>>> return your original character display. Reseller pricing and
>>>> availability will be announced shortly. More information about the
>>>> upgrade kit is available here:
>>>>
>>>> http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_display_upgrade.html
>>>
>>>
>>> So what is SlimDevices doing with the old displays? Are they useful
>>> for anything else (for instance is the pinout compatible with PCs
>>> through a serial or parallel port interface, or do they have
>>> something
>>> that emulates an HD44780 on them)?
>>>
>>> alex
>>>
>>>

seanadams
2004-08-11, 21:25
>>
>
> Any chance you know the PN for the Digikey equivalent?
>


Digikey part # 286-1009-ND (out of stock) or 286-1021-ND (looks the
same - I think just industrial temp version)

This is not exactly the same as ours - it is model number U1J instead
of U1A.

U1A is custom-made for us with a European character set instead of
Japanese.

Older SLIMP3s used the U1J, newer ones have U1A. Squeezebox only used
U1A.

Sean