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[OT] remark [Lcdproc] can LCDproc and LIRC share one tty

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  • From: a.krause AT (Andreas Krause)
  • Subject: [OT] remark [Lcdproc] can LCDproc and LIRC share one tty
  • Date: Sun Jul 27 10:33:01 2003

Rene Wagner wrote:
> Hi all,
> trying to clarify a few things...
> It was not my intention to start a flame war.
> Also, I don't think this is off topic...
> I've had the idea of developing a USB->parallel LCD
> solution as an open hardware project for quite a while.

Hi to all,
I've had also the idea of developing a USB->parallel LCD
some time ago, so I developed a small pcb-board using an
AVR (AT90S8515) Controller ( and the FTDI
FT245BM USB->parallel converter (
(you don't actually need usb knowledge: on hostside,
there is a virtual serial device (eg /dev/ttyUSB0) and
on controller side, you just have to read a FIFO )

It matches the specifications blow quite exactly.
There are drivers for the FT245 for linux available,
which are the same CrytalFontz uses for their usb-lcds.

The avr can be programmed in C with linux using the normal gcc
for code-download you only need a 6 wire cable connected
to the printer port.

I used this to play with my SED1335 LCD and some graphics.
Therefore I adopted the Lcdproc driver (its easy).
So this will work with other lcds too.

If there is any interest in this project, I would make
this projet open source.
If anyone wants to take a closer look to this project,
just ask for code, schematics and pcb-files
(Eagle, freeware licence, and a bunch of links.

Andreas Krause

> Draft specifications:
> - the device looks like a USB->serial adaptor to the
> host system, and thus requires no additional OS drivers
> (there are drivers for most OSs)
> - a USB aware microcontroller emulates the USB->serial
> part while translating serial commands to signals a
> parallel LCD will understand
> - it shouldn't be that difficult to also provide an
> optional serial port so that you can use the device
> as a real USB->serial alternative
> - One could use a microcontroller such as this one:
> and it's not that expensive ;)
> Some notes:
> - ATM I neither have the time nor the resources (you will
> need a PICStart programmer (or similar), equipment for
> PCB prototype production etc.) to make this project a
> reality without the help of others.
> - Certain knowledge of USB and PIC programming is required.
> - As an open hardware project information on how to build
> such a device would be made available to everyone thus
> allowing modfications to be made etc.
> Just like with a Free Software project.
> - Furthermore, I am of the opinion that it is neccessary to
> allow commercial vendors to produce the hardware we
> design.
> Unlike with Free Software you need a little more than a
> legacy PC and a GNU/Linux or *BSD distribution of your
> choice to benefit from PCB designs - the "source code"
> of hardware projects.
> - I don't know what licenses are out there for something
> like this but I think it should be possible to find an
> appropriate one.
> - This might be a chance of establishing a real community
> driven standard.
> So...
> - If you would like to participate in a project like this
> - If you have any information that might be useful (web
> links, book recommendations, etc.)
> please send a mail to the list or to me via private mail.
> Regards,
> Rene
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