I'm looking for a (graphic) LCD to get started with. It doesn't need to be color. It doesn't need to be serial (but it should at least be multiplexed so I don't have to connect wires to each individual row/column). I don't care about the resolution as long as it's greater than about 40 pixels in both dimensions. Size should be > 1".

It must be straightforward to use, have plenty of documentation (preferably even example code, but not necessary), and be easy to connect to (with <30 I/O lines. <18 would be great). And of course, I'd prefer something inexpensive ($20 max) ;-)

Feel free to list more than one LCD per post. Try to include resolution, size, I/O lines and approximate cost. Bonus points if you provide a link to a supplier ;-)


128 x 64, buckets of support information, 9 wires. US$15.25.



The LCDs from low end Nokia phones might fit the bill.



128x128 pixels

4096 colours

  • \$\begingroup\$ Yup, this is what I thought of as well. A little small at 1.2" square, but the rest of it specs out just right. \$\endgroup\$ – Kevin Vermeer Jun 23 '10 at 12:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ This one doesn't look like it's easy to connect to. From what I see, you need a special connector (which SparkFun supplies), and then the leads on the connector are pitched at 0.5mm. \$\endgroup\$ – Ponkadoodle Jun 23 '10 at 18:06

Nokia 5110 LCDs can be found on ebay for less than $4 each in single quantity. Plenty of documentation available. I have used them with MSP430, PIC and AVR.


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