I have researched many of the VFD clock threads out there and this is what came of it.
Ladyada for the ice clock write up. www.ladyada.net/make/icetube/index.html
Haris for the IV-11 write up. www.candrian.gr/index.php/iv-11-vfd-tube-clock-final-design/
Kevin Darrah for his explanation of multiplexing using an Arduino. www.kevindarrah.com
Please note that I am not an electrical engineer, this is just a hobby, so apologies for any scary design :-)
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Step 1: Board Design
Fritzing also supply a fabrication service which is well priced and very easy to use.
My design was based on the replaceable bulb style, so using separate plugin boards for the VFD bulbs. I thought this would be better than unsoldering stuff if there is a bulb failure.
The clock would use a real time clock ic and a temperature sensor.
There will be three buttons for menu operation.
I also found a nice little touch ic on HobbyTronics website, this will be used as a button to switch the clock mode between time, date and temperature.
I must admit that board design is great fun, it really brings out the OCD side of me ;-)
Step 2: Boards And Parts
VFD Clock Board
VFD Driver IC
2x6 Header Female
2x3 Header Female
1x36 Header Male
Low Profile Crystal Caps
Touch Switch IC
28 Pin DIL Socket
8 Pin DIL Socket
Battery Clip 12mm
5v Switching Regulator
1.2v Switching Regulator
Diode Schot 60v 1A
Miniature Slide Switch
DC 2.1mm Socket
Tact Switch Right Angle
Tact Switch Normal
P Channel MOSFET
3mm LED Blue
Various Caps and Resistors