Proton Tutorial - 7 Segment Display

7 segment displays are a cheap and effective way to display data. The only real downsides to them are;
  • Unable to retain data
  • Require many Pins to interface

The data that they display can be manipulated so that the same 7 data lines can multiplex information onto other displays at the same time. This can be seen in the Multiple 18F section. But for now, and future routines, this diagram illustrates how to connect a 7 segment display to a PIC micro. This may not be the same wiring diagram that other people have used, but in my projects, it will always be the same with the exception of the common cathode pin on the display.



The box that the 7 segment is in represents the common. There are two types of 7 segment displays, common cathode and common anode. In my projects, I use common cathode displays. i.e.

As you can see, to control any of the segments, a +ve signal is required, as they all share the same earth. aka common cathode.

The following example shows how to decode a value between 0-9 into 7 segment data and display it.

7 Segment Display Code
Device 16F877
Xtal = 4
Dim Number As Byte
 TRISB = %00000000 ' Make PORTB all outputs   
 Number = 0
 Repeat ' Create a loop  
 GoSub Encode_Segment_Display ' Convert to segment data and display it  
 DelaymS 500 ' Small delay to slow down counting  Inc Number ' Increment the Number register  
 Until Number = 10 ' Loop until number = 10, then reset 
 Goto Main ' Loop forever  
 SELECT Number
 CASE 0 ' Turn Number into segment display data  PORTB = %00111111
 CASE 1 
 PORTB = %00000110
 CASE 2 
 PORTB = %01011011
 CASE 3 
 PORTB = %01001111
 CASE 4 
 PORTB = %01100110
 CASE 5 
 PORTB = %01101101
 CASE 6 
 PORTB = %01111100
 CASE 7 
 PORTB = %00000111
 CASE 8 
 PORTB = %01111111
 CASE 9 
 PORTB = %01100111 


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