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.
Step 1: Noritake VFD Module Overview
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
locally selectable brightness for highlighting (useful for implementing menus)
double width, and double width & height characters
Step 2: Arduino
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.