NHD-C12832A1Z breakout NHD-C12832A1Z breakout - back

If you're in need of a small, low cost graphic LCD, Newhaven Display's NHD-C12832A1Z series is a great choice. It has 128 x 32 pixels in a pretty compact 40mm x 25mm package, 1.5mm spaced through-hole pins so it's easily hand solderable, and it's controlled with SPI so it only requires a few digital pins on an MCU to use it. The two big downsides are that, with it's small-pitch pins plus a couple larger through-hole tabs for the backlight LED contacts it's not at all breadboard compatible, and it has a maximum supply and IO voltage of 3.3V (ideally 3V), so level shifting is required for interfacing with 5V microcontrollers. This breakout board aims to take care of those two issues.


The NHD-C12832A1Z Breakout includes a TPS79530 fixed 3V 500mA low-dropout linear regulator to generate the supply voltage for the LCD. The TPS79530 has a rated maximum dropout voltage of 170mV and a maximum input voltage of 5.5V, so the board can be powered by either a 3.3V or 5V supply (or really anything in the range of 3.17V-5.5V). The supply should be able to source up to at least 450mA, as this is the rated maximum current draw for the LCD.

Also included on the board is a CD4050 buffer, which is used to shift the SPI signals from the input level of 3.3V or 5V to the LCD's 3V level.

The board includes all external components required by the display, including a 10KΩ pull-up resistor on the reset line, and a 330Ω current limiting resistor in series with the backlight LEDs.


The NHD-C12832A1Z series displays use the ST7565R controller, and are fully supported by the awesome u8glib graphics library, which can be used with both Arduinos and the Atmel ATmega series using straight AVR C. To get started check out Oliver's tutorials on the u8glib wiki page, and use the



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