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I am a complete beginner in Arduino, but I do have limited knowledge of electronics and programming.

I am trying to make a projector clock using Arduino.

I started from an existing clock by dismantling its projector and found the LCD (LCD NOT LED) screen is driven by a TM1621D controller. I did not touch the ribbon connecting the controller to the LCD screen.

The projector connects to the board with a 5 conductor ribbon. On the board the pins are marked: 1.+VDD (red wire) 2.GND 3.SDA 4.SCL 4.CS

Is there a driver that I can use for this 7 segment 4 digit LCD? All I saw so far are drivers for dot matrix LCD screens.

Where can I find a wiring diagram for this controller and an MKR 1000?

Why is 4 mentioned twice on the board?

Any ideas?

Thank You

P.S. All technical data that I found about the TM1621D controller is in Mandarin or Cantonese (text as a picture). As I can read neither, I would appreciate a bit of insight. I would have tried google translate, but I don't have OCR on my acrobat.

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  • Whoever voted this down was too stupid or lazy to tell you why, so my guess: You have multiple questions, only one of which seems to have a strong connection to "Arduino." Anyway, I don't understand what you're saying about "OCR". About the only thing I have to offer you is that if you upload the TM1621D datasheet to Google Drive and open it into Google Docs, Tools/Translate to English will result in something not entirely useless. Anyone considering helping you with board will probably want to see it themselves.
    – timemage
    Jun 22 at 20:44
  • Did you realize that SDA/SCL strongly suggest an I²C communication? CS might be "chip select". Even if the documents you find are barely understandable, they surely have some diagrams and tables. These can give important insights. Jun 23 at 6:20
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    please add a link to the documentation that you found
    – jsotola
    Jun 23 at 17:48
  • I found a documentation that allows me to copy and paste the text into google translate: datasheet.lcsc.com/lcsc/…
    – John.2023
    Jun 24 at 1:25
  • I did a quick search using Chinese and found a piece of code available here, again it is in Chinese, but is a simple code for clear the display and write 0-5 to the LCD SEG10-SEG21. I think it is not difficult to port it to Arduino.
    – hcheung
    Jun 24 at 7:54

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