32blit: our retro-inspired handheld with open-source firmware. Go back, way back, to the start, with a single hardware platform and a great set of game creation tools.

Display-O-Tron LCD

This is the lovely little 16 x 3 character LCD we use on Display-O-Tron.

A super-slim alternative to the classic industrial character displays. This model has a transparent display allowing you to add your own back-light if you wish!

  • High-contrast LCD display
  • 3 x 16 characters (3.6mm character height)
  • Just 2mm thick - wow!
  • 0.1" pitch through hole - ideal for breadboards/perfboard
  • ST7036 controller supporting 4-bit, 8-bit, and SPI interfaces
  • Operates from either a 5V or 3V3 power supply
  • Eight programmable characters (as well as 242 standard characters)

It supports SPI, 4-bit, and 8-bit addressing (you can talk to it just like a HD44780 display) making it easy to use with many micro-controllers or platforms (such as Raspberry Pi). It supports both 3V3 (though you'll need a couple of 1uF capacitors) and 5V operation.

Please note: If you want to drive this display at 3V3 you will need a couple of 1uF capacitors for the charge pump.

The datasheet contains sample wiring diagrams (see page 4) for all modes of operation - it's actually really darn helpful! View the full datasheet.

You can use this LCD with your Raspberry Pi using our Python ST7036 driver or with an Arduino using the DogLcd library.