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Driving 14-segment displays with the MAX6954




Abstract: This article is how-to guide, intended as a quick learning aid for engineers considering using the MAX6954 to drive 14-segment monocolor LEDs.

The MAX6954 is a versatile display driver, capable of controlling a mix of discrete, 7-segment, 14-segment, and 16-segment LED displays through a serial interface. This application note shows a typical application and configuration for driving eight mono-color, 14-segment LEDs.

See the MAX6954 data sheet for additional information about MAX6954 features.

“Quick-Start: Driving 7-Segment Displays with the MAX6954” and “Quick-Start: Driving 16-Segment Displays with the MAX6954” are similar application notes that discuss configuring the MAX6954 for 7-segment and 16-segment applications, respectively.Driving 14-segment displays with the MAX6954

Table 1. Connection Scheme for Eight 14-Segment Digits

DIGITO0O1O2O3O4O5O6O7O8O9O10O11O12O13O14O15O16O17O18
0CCOabcdefg1g2hijklmdp
1CC1abcdefg1g2hijklmdp
2aCC2bcdefg1g2hijklmdp
3aCC3bcdefg1g2hijklmdp
4abcCC4defg1g2hijklmdp
5abcCC5defg1g2hijklmdp
6abcdCC6efg1g2hijklmdp
7abcdCC7efg1g2hijklmdp

A common application for the MAX6954 is driving up to eight 14-segment mono-color LEDs. This application note guides the user through the process of connecting the MAX6954 to 14-segment displays and configuring the internal registers to control the displays using the included 104-character font map.

The MAX6954 utilizes a multiplex technique that reduces driver pin count by using ports alternately as cathode and anode drivers. This differs from the standard LED multiplex connection, which uses separate driver pins for anodes and cathodes. The technique is discussed in AppNote 1880. Table 1 lists the connection scheme for 14-segment digits that is compatible with the MAX6954 multiplex scheme and the built in 104-character font map. The letters in Table 1 correspond to the segment labels shown in Figure 2. Figure 1 illustrates an eight digit, 14-segment application circuit for the MAX6954.

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