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I recently purchased an assorted set of LCD/LED displays, and inside there were a set of components which I cannot find a datasheet for upon googling the component number.

For instance in the component below:

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I have googled what appears to be the serial number: HNM-05SS62T, but I cannot find a datasheet for this component. Also, googling Samsung SSED doesn't appear to yield any better results.

How do you go about identifying how to use a component like this in this case?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Forget about them and buy parts with data. \$\endgroup\$ – Leon Heller Mar 31 '14 at 15:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ That looks like a VFD (Vacuum Fluorescent Display). Apart from the pinouts, the drive and supply voltages for these are quite high and a bit unusual nowadays. \$\endgroup\$ – Brian Drummond Mar 31 '14 at 16:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ Indeed, that looks like a VFD which will be tricky to figure out. For an LED with no interface circuitry you could probe with a current limited supply, while for a bare LCD with no driver you could probe with a low voltage (isolated) AC source - for example, a 3.3v logic level oscillator at a few KHz coupled through a capacitor. Having a mental picture of the likely internal topology will help you understand its exact form and what pins play what role based on how it responds to your probing. \$\endgroup\$ – Chris Stratton Mar 31 '14 at 17:50
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A bit older post and a late reply, but I believe this answer may be useful for somebody. Just found a link which can explain the pins for this VFD

http://www.picaxeforum.co.uk/entry.php?142-LCD-LED-OLED-assorted-displays-lucky-bags-at-Maplin-2-(N01CG)-Kemo-Electronic-S043

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