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--[[User:RogerAF|RAF]] 00:10, 20 June 2007 (PDT)
--[[User:RogerAF|RAF]] 00:10, 20 June 2007 (PDT)
'''Update on What's Happening'''
Here is an update.  Nobody responded to any of my emails asking what inverter will work with the LCD I purchased.  The unit is a Sharp LM32C04P 320x240 Color LCD Display.  The color is one bit each RGB, so a total of eight colors including black and white are possible.  It needs an inverter and a controller.  I was able to get a hold of a specifications data sheet showing all the signals and timing requirements.  This has enough information to design a controller circuit and if I must, an inverter as well.  However, I think I will purchase an inverter once my funds recover.
I have already completed a couple of schematics for a controller circuit using a 32K x 8 SRAM and a counter, so the MCU can concentrate on loading the SRAM with data to display and the counter will do the drudge work of stepping through the addresses and sending the data to the LCD bus.  The MCU will also have to talk to whatever device is using the display.  So I have to figure out how to make it be an interface as well.
For the controller I decided to try using Microchip's 16-bit family of devices and purchased an MPLAB ICD2 and 16-Bit 28-Pin Starter Development Board.  I am currently working my way through the demo code and data sheets, to get an understanding of both the devices and the tools.  One won't work without the other and there is always at least a 6-week learning curve (for me) before I'm confident enough to work without the references open beside me.
Just when it seemed like progress was going to be swift and sure, my mother and brother and family decided to sell the family house and move to the big island.  I will have to find another place to live and my sights are turning towards Orlando Florida.  I have friends there and it looks like there is work for electronics engineers there.  So my life is going to be going through a bit of upheaval until I get moved and setteled in somewhere.  I'm going to try to continue my studies with the Microchip devices, so I won't be starting up again from scratch.
I hope to be able to drop in here now and then over the next 3 months or so, but it will probably take at least that long to get setteled in at a new place.  Meanwhile if anyone has any ideas, suggestions, or questions, post them here and I'll try to check in often enough to give a timely response.
[[User:RogerAF|RAF]] 19:56, 4 July 2007 (PDT)

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