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Repurpose a TFT Display with 50 pin FPC Answered


I have recovered a LCD TFT display from an old smart meter. And I would like to recycle it in a new project in my Arduino.

The problem I am faced with is that I don't know very well how to connect it to my breadboard/Arduino.

I have found a couple of relatively cheap options but I thought best to double check before spending money on something I might not need.

"Socket" https://www.adafruit.com/product/1773

PCB: https://www.adafruit.com/product/1492

attached are pictures of the display in question.

This would require a bit fancy soldering which I think I should manage to do without melting the pcb.

however If anyone can suggest a simpler way, (or if thi is completely wrong).

thanks everyone.



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2 years ago

Hi carlos86,
I was trying to do the same thing a few years ago and found a company in China that supplied me with a simple SSD1963 driver board and an FPC breakout board. I had some luck getting another display to work but I couldn't find any data on the 7456-LED-B-A008 displays. If you get it working I have abut 400 displays sitting in a box that I can use!


Reply 2 years ago

Hi sculptursam,
This display is from an old smart meter. I think it was a BT one. I have found a 50 pin FPC port+breakout board by Adafruit people. it requires a bit of soldering but I think is doable. They also provide some data and code examples for similar TFT displays.
I will give that a try and let you know how I get on.
The other thing I have realised just a few days ago is that the ribbon has 44 pins. I thought it was 50, but no! what an odd number of pins for a FPC, maybe they don't want people to reuse them. who knows.
could you tell me where you found the SSD193 driver board and breakout board. It might save me from doing fiddly soldering.