This is a basic 5V 16 character by 2 line OLED display with yellow text on a black background. OLEDs (Organic Light Emitting Diode) differ from LCDs in that they can produce their own light instead of requiring a backlight, this provides you with an advantage of lower power consumption and better viewing in the light!
This OLED screen utilizes the RS0010 chipset instead of the HD44780 chipset which means the pin out will be slightly different. While you will need ~6 general I/O pins to interface to this screen. Check the documents section below for pin outs and driver library.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Competent - You will be required to reference a datasheet or schematic to know how to use a component. Your knowledge of a datasheet will only require basic features like power requirements, pinouts, or communications type. Also, you may need a power supply that?s greater than 12V or more than 1A worth of current.
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This is a great display and is very bright. There is no adjustment for contrast and what you see on the site is the same as you will see with your project. I am running mine at 3.3v and it works perfect so even though it state 5v it works perfect at the lower voltage.
The hookup guide and other information provided is fantastic for the person just getting started.
I would like to see a 20x4 of this same display and maybe some other color options available but I still have no complaints and will use this in more projects going forward.
It works as described. Looks good.
This display is so much easier to read than normal LCD 16x2 displays. There are a couple of versions of the OLED part floating around, one with cyan lettering, and this one with yellow lettering. This one looks much better IMHO.
The hookup guide instructs you to download an Adafruit library to drive it, and that's not a bad idea... but I was able to get it to work with the Arduino's stock LiquidCrystal library.
This is a great upgrade for any project that needs a 16x2 display.