Adafruit 0.56" 4-Digit 7-Segment Display w/I2C Backpack - Blue

Product ID: 1453
Adafruit 0 dot 56 4 digit 7 segment display 732858951
  • Adafruit 0 dot 56 4 digit 7 segment display 732858951
  • Adafruit 0 dot 56 4 digit 7 segment display 8211031947
  • Adafruit 0 dot 56 4 digit 7 segment display 2980056044
$16.99

Ships in 7 to 10 working days

What's better than a single LED? Lots of LEDs! A fun way to make a small display is to use an 8x8 matrix or a 4-digit 7-segment display. Matrices like these are 'multiplexed' - so to control all the seven-segment LEDs you need 14 pins. That's a lot of pins, and there are driver chips like the MAX7219 that can control a matrix for you but there's a lot of wiring to set up and they take up a ton of space.That's where these adorable LED matrix backpacks come in. They work perfectly with the matrices we stock and make adding a bright little display trivial.

The matrices use a driver chip that does all the heavy lifting for you: They have a built in clock so they multiplex the display. They use constant-current drivers for ultra-bright, consistent color (the images above are photographed at the dimmest setting to avoid overloading our camera!), 1/16 step display dimming, all via a simple I2C interface. The backpacks come with address-selection jumpers so you can connect up to four mini 8x8's or eight 7-segments (or a combination, such as four mini 8x8's and four 7-segments, etc) on a single I2C bus.

The product kit comes with:

A bit of soldering is required to attach the matrix onto the backpack but its very easy to do and only takes about 5 minutes.

Of course, in classic Adafruit fashion, we also have a detailed tutorial showing you how to solder, wire and control the display. We even wrote a very nice library for the backpacks so you can get running in under half an hour, displaying images on the matrix or numbers on the 7-segment. If you've been eyeing matrix displays but hesitated because of the complexity, his is the solution you've been looking for!

Specification

Backpack Dimensions27mm x 50mm x 4mm
Backpack Weight5.3g
7-Segment Display Dimensions19mm x 50mm x 14mm
7-Segment Display Weight8.4g
board/chip I2C 7-bit address0x70-0x77