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I am trying to control LCD ADM2004D with ATMega32 AVR microcontroller. This type of LCD is 20x4 character, has 16 input and I am going to connect the main board to this LCD. I may need to disconnect it from the board sometimes. What is the best way of connection, in term of wires and male/female sockets.

I am thinking about ribbon cable. But there are so many types of cable and I am not familiar with their name. I look for something neat although I know everywire does the job.

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look for 0.1" pin headers on ebay, they can be easily cut to size using a pair of wire cutters or snips pin header pairs on ebay

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Do you remember when PC's had IDE harddisks and these were connected through wide ribbon cables ? I would use something like that ! But with less pins of course.

After some browsing on Ebay: this cable + female connectors and on the PCBs either these male connectors or simply these cut to size.

You can get them with different number of pins, just search. I would suggest to get a cable with the female connectors attached as attaching them yourself could be a challenge. And they're cheap anyway so why bother ;-)

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank. one challenge is that I cant find single row of them. \$\endgroup\$
    – barej
    Jun 6, 2015 at 15:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ There are so-called "Dupont" connectors which can work on a single row of pin-headers, for example: ebay.nl/itm/…. But then you would have to use 4 x 4pins connectors to get 16 pins in total. I have not seen these in 16 pins versions. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 7, 2015 at 10:51

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