Pmod SSD Reference Manual
The Digilent Pmod SSD (Revision A) is a 2 digit seven-segment display commonly used to display a counter or timer.
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- Two-digit high brightness seven-segment display
- Easily view a counter or timer
- Common Cathode configuration
- Two 6-pin Pmod connectors with GPIO interfaces
The Pmod SSD utilizes a common cathode configuration to display a variety of LED segment combinations. The ten segment combinations corresponding to digits 0 - 9 are generally the most useful, although other custom combinations can also be created.
Interfacing with the Pmod
The Pmod SSD communicates with the host board via the GPIO protocol. A logic level high signal on a particular anode will light up that respective segment on whichever digit is currently enabled. Users are able to select a particular digit by driving the Digit Selection pin (C) to a logic high or low voltage.
Because only one digit can be lit at a particular time, users that want to use both digits to display a particular value will need to alternately light up the two digits at least every 20 milliseconds (50 Hz). This will correlate to each digit being lit up for 10 milliseconds each before the other segment needs to be “turned on”. Higher refresh rates can be achieved by alternating which digit is currently powered at shorter time intervals.
Pinout Description Table
|Header J1||Header J2|
|1||AA||Segment A||1||AE||Segment E|
|2||AB||Segment B||2||AF||Segment F|
|3||AC||Segment C||3||AG||Segment G|
|4||AD||Segment D||4||C||Digit Selection pin|
|5||GND||Power Supply Ground||5||GND||Power Supply Ground|
|6||VCC||Positive Power Supply||6||VCC||Positive Power Supply|
Any external power applied to the Pmod SSD must be within 2.7V and 5.25V; however, it is recommended that Pmod is operated at 3.3V.
The pins on the pin header are spaced 100 mil apart. The PCB is 1 inch long on the sides parallel to the pins on the pin header and 1.7 inches long on the sides perpendicular to the pin header.