This 0.96″ OLED display has a resolution of 128 x 64 blue pixels on a black background with an I2C interface for easy control by a uC.
- OLED 0.96″ 128×64 I2C Blue Display
KEY FEATURES OF OLED 0.96″ 128×64 I2C BLUE DISPLAY:
- Latest OLED light emitting technology
- 128×64 pixel resolution
- Blue on black monochrome display
- I2C interface uses only 2 pins on uC
- SSD1306 OLED controller
- 3.3 or 5V operation
These displays can pack a lot of information into a small little form factor.
OLED displays are the latest in display technology which is just now starting to be introduced in flat-panel televisions. They emit light without requiring a backlight and so have excellent viewing angle, brightness and contrast in a very thin and efficient package.
The display has a resolution of 128 x 64 pixels. The pixels are blue on a black background.
The module uses the SSD1306 controller and is compatible with software libraries that support that controller.
One thing to note about OLEDs is that they are similar to the old Plasma TVs in that they can retain an image if they are left on continuously displaying the same image. They are best suited for applications where the screen is either turned off or the image is changed on occasion.
This display incorporates an I2C interface that requires only 2 pins on a uC to interface with and it has good library support to get up and running fast.
The default I2C address for these displays is 0x3C. The address is marked on the bag that the module comes in.
If you are unsure of the I2C address of this or any other device, it is easy to find out what it is. Just refer to this blog post.
Connection to the display is via a 4 pin header.
1 x 4 Header
- VCC – Connect to 3.3 or 5V. This can come from the uC or be a separate power supply.
- GND – Connect to system ground. This ground needs to be in common with the uC.
- SCL – Connect to the I2C / SCL pin on the uC.
- SDA – Connect to the I2C / SDA pin on the uC.
OUR EVALUATION RESULTS:
These are interesting modules to work with since they have full graphical capability.
These modules are breadboard friendly with a 4-pin header on the back that can be inserted into a solderless breadboard or a 4-pin female connector can be used to connect to it if the display is to be mounted. The display is very thin, so be sure to press on the header pins when applying pressure to insert them into a breadboard and not press on the glass.
Though these displays can be a little intimidating to use at first, follow these steps to get up and running easily.
Connect the display
This is simple, just connect VCC to 5V (or 3.3V) and GND to ground on the uC. The I2C lines just connect to the same lines on the uC so SCL to SCL and SDA to SDA.
Install the following 2 libraries if they are not already installed on your computer. These can be installed from within the Arduino IDE.
“Adafruit GFX Library”
Set correct resolution for your display
The Adafruit library defaults to 128 x 32 resolution but we need 128 x 64. To fix this, open the SSD1306.h file which will be in your library folder with a text editor like Notepad. Find the following lines:
// #define SSD1306_128_64
Change them to be
// #define SSD1306_128_32
And save the file
Open sample program and modify I2C address
Once those libraries are installed, there will be a sample program available called “SSD1306_128x64_I2C”. This program draws a number of graphics on the screen to illustrate its capabilities.
Open the program and change it to use the correct I2C address. Find the following line just after SETUP:
Once downloaded it will start running an automated graphics program that illustrates some of the display and library capabilities.
BEFORE THEY ARE SHIPPED, THESE MODULES ARE:
- Functionality tested
- Repackaged in high quality resealable ESD bag for safe storage.
- The display is thin and fragile. Ensure you don’t apply pressure directly to the glass or it may crack.
|Display||Resolution||128 x 64 pixels|
|Interface||I2C (Address 0x3C)|
|Operating Ratings||DC Power Input||3.3 or 5V|
|Operating Current||10mA (typical)|
|Module Size||28 x 28mm (1.1″ x 1.1″)|
|Display diagonal||24mm (0.96″)|
|Display (W x H)||21.7 x 10.8mm (0.85 x 0.43″)|