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Arduino and the Noritake 24x6 VFD Module (Vacuum Fluorescent Display)

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First I would like to thank Noritake for the VFD Module I think it is pretty cool I asked them for one to work with and they gave it to me.

http://www.noritake-elec.com/default.htm

VFDs (Vacuum Fluorescent Display’s) were and are used in a large rage of high end consumer electronics. I got my VFD module from Noritake-itron it is model SCK-Y100-2406-N14, it is a very flexible 24×6 character VFD module in the same form factor of a 20×4 character LCD module. It is a member of Noritake’s CU-Y series VFDs.

I couldn’t find a lot of websites on Arduino and VFD modules so I am making this Instructable using Arduino and the Noritake-itron VFD module. Noritake made using their VFD modules with Arduino very easy.
 
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Step 1: Noritake VFD Module Overview

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Noritake sent:
A 24x6 VFD module
A blue acrylic color filter
A six pin serial jumper with five wires
A set of six jumper pins for my circuit board
And the Overviews of the VFD and the Acrylic Filter

The VFD module features:
24x6 character display
5V supply voltage
serial (asynchronous and synchronous) and 8-bit parallel communication
CMOS signal and RS-232 (+-15V) voltage compatible
jumper-selectable baud rate: 9600, 19200, 38400(default), 115200.
extensive built-in character sets: USA, European, Japanese (Katakana only), Multilingual – various fonts and symbols, Canadian and French, Nordic, WPC1252 – european fonts and symbols, Cyrillic, Latin, Portuguese, PC858 – european fonts and symbols
adjustable brightness
locally selectable brightness for highlighting (useful for implementing menus)
double width, and double width & height characters

Step 2: Arduino

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I got my Arduimo as a kit I was tired of building a new tester every time I got my hands on something new to play with and Arduino drives everything I have used it to test.

Mind you it had a little trouble at the M.T.O. (Ministry of Transportation of Ontario ;-)

This one is many of the clone Arduino UNO that are available on the market it works the same as all the others so if yours looks different, don’t worry.
Robert Pain6 months ago

You got that for free, How?

Josehf Murchison (author)  Robert Pain6 months ago

It was in the free stuff here at Instructables.

I asked them for it by Email and told them about myself.

And they gave it to me as a free sample, it was that easy.

Pat White6 months ago

Pandering or what?

Josehf Murchison (author)  Pat White6 months ago

Very funny Pat

Someone gives you something for free you thank them for it.

Besides it was real easy to work with and with my eyes I can see VFDs more easily than LCDs.