SparkFun E-Paper Breakout

E-paper displays are rad. But those 26-pin SMD connectors can be a real pain to solder, so we put together a breakout board to help you integrate this very cool technology into your next project. This board breaks out all of the major pins from the e-paper ribbon connector to a 0.1" pitch header. Because the e-paper display requires a 35V supply, the breakout also includes a voltage step-up so that you can power the display using either 3.3V or 5V.

Note: The tab on the SMD connectors may be a different color than pictured.

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  • This board does not come with the E-paper screen which is a retired product. If you need this device and the screen try looking at our distributors.

  • miu / about 11 years ago / 1

    Does this come with the E-paper display?

  • RyeMAC3 / about 11 years ago / 1

    I googled the pants off this display, and although I found several people tinker with it, it looks like not many people, if anyone at all got this thing off the breadboard and into a finished product. I made a PCB for it and powered it off a 3.7V LiPo battery. Check it out: If you go to the bottom of the page, you'll see the older posts so you can see the project from start to finish. Full source files are posted too.

    • LloydA / about 11 years ago / 1

  • RyeMAC3 / about 11 years ago / 1

    I'm making a clock with the e-paper display and breakout. I am just going to add the breakout board to my PCB as a daughter board using a header. It would be nice if you guys had something for Eagle like a pad printing or something so we can better lay it out on our PCBs. I copy/pasted the outline from the breakout board Eagle file, but that doesn't help to figure out how much space the actual display takes up.

  • Member #371749 / about 12 years ago / 1

    Request for a future revision: Breakout the enable pin of the regulator.

    The step-up draws 15m continuously, hampering low-power usage.

    This would also allow a proper shutdown sequence. The datasheet mentions the EPD should be powered down a few ms before the controller.

  • Member #371749 / about 12 years ago / 1

    Will this work below 3.3v? The step-up datasheet mentions a minimum of 2.5v, but maybe there are other limiting factors.

    What kind of current does the display draw while updating? The datasheet mentions a few numbers, but I can't really tell.

  • Member #313538 / about 12 years ago / 1

    Hi, I'm new to electronics, and I'm having trouble connecting the breakout board with the E-ink screen. Do I just push the ribbon cable in? It won't stay. Any ideas? Thanks in advance! Xinkun

    • boj / about 12 years ago / 1

      Quoting from the display's comments,

      Anyone have any tricks for getting this thing’s tails plugged into its connectors? They’re really floppy and the connectors are really tight. Without making any crude analogies, I’m concerned I’m going to damage the tails before I get them in.

      The trick: There are two tabs, one on each end of the connector. Pull them out (I needed a screwdriver), then the tails slide in easily.

  • Member #33165 / about 12 years ago / 1

    An observation about possible over current faults. I read the datasheet for the MIC2295, it does not mention any soft-start behavior. This would mean that the input current can easily exceed 1A for a few milliseconds, and this could trip the USB.

  • coati / about 13 years ago / 1

    Why are there two input connectors?
    Is it because the display is a 16x2?
    I checked out the manufacturer's site and they have single-line displays... would those work with only one connector?

    • jimblom / about 13 years ago / 1

      Each connector controls one line of the display. These 2x10 displays are essentially two of those single-line displays fused together.
      This breakout would likely work with those single-line displays, if you just use the 'Input 1' connector.

  • bidontr / about 13 years ago / 1

  • stephan schulz / about 13 years ago / 1

    could i connect two of these to one arduino and feed two screens with new text?
    it might just be a matter of playing around with the EIO1pin ?

  • stephan schulz / about 13 years ago / 1

    i received a replacement display today and now it works. (thanks sparkfun)
    i think the first one was slightly damaged. the plastic with the very fine connector lines in it seems to be just glued on to the rectangular body of the screen. in mine that slightly detached.

  • stephan schulz / about 13 years ago / 1

    So, i connected the breakout to the display as shown in these images here and as described in the arduino file.
    but if i plug the usb cable in with the breakout board attached to the arduino my computer says that too much current is drown.
    I tired an external power supply (9V) to power my arduino nano. same story arduino does not power up.
    As soon as i disconnect the breakout board the arduino comes back online.
    any ideas?
    thanks, stephan.

    • You might have an issue with your board or setup? It shouldn't draw that much current. And since your computer is telling you there's too much current being drawn, that usually means there is a short somewhere. Check your connections and the orientation of the display. If you still have issues, contact

      • Member #164236 / about 13 years ago / 1

        I have the same high current draw problem. Has anyone else been able to get one of these boards to work? I suspect there is a noise problem due to the boost converter.

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