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How to Interface 7SEG with LPC2148 ARM7 Advanced development board

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The ARM7 LPC2148 Advanced Development Boardis specifically designed to help students to master the required skills in the area of embedded systems. The kit is designed in such way that all the possible features of the microcontroller will be easily used by the students. The kit supports in system programming (ISP) which is done through serial port.

NXPโ€™s ARM7 (LPC2148), ARM Advanced Development Board Kit is proposed to smooth the progress of developing and debugging of various designs encompassing of High speed 32-bit Microcontrollers.

Seven Segment Display

seven segment display is the most basic electronic display device that can display digits from 0-9. The most common configuration has an array of eight LEDs arranged in a special pattern to display these digits. They are laid out as a squared-off figure โ€˜8โ€™.

Interfacing Seven Segment Display

Fig. 1 shows how to interface the seven segments with microcontroller. A seven segment is generally available in ten pin package. While eight pins correspond to the eight LEDs, the remaining two pins (at middle) are common and internally shorted. These segments come in two configurations, namely, Common cathode (CC) and Common anode (CA).

Interfacing 7segment to Microcontroller
Fig. 1 Interfacing 7segment to Microcontroller

Interfacing Seven Segment with LPC2148

We now want to display a four digit number in LPC2148 Advanced Development Board by using seven segment displays. The seven segment display is connected with LPC2138 controller.

In LPC2148 Advanced Development Kit, 4 nos. of common anode seven segment displays are controlled by seven segment drivers.

Pin Assignment with LPC2138

Circuit Diagram to Interface 7 segment with LPC2148

Circuit Diagram to Interface 7 segment with LPC2148

Source Code

The Interfacing seven segment displays with LPC2148 program is very simple and straight forward, which display a four digit number in seven segment display .The C programs are developed in Keil software. Here we are increment a counter and display this value loaded into seven segment driver in LPC2148 ARM Advanced Development Board.

C Program to 7 Segment Display using LPC2148


Title : Program to Seven Segment display


#include <LPC214x.h> 
#include <stdio.h> 
#include "7SEG.H"
unsigned int thou,hun,ten,single; 
unsigned int x;
void main(void)
PINSEL0 = 0; 
PINSEL1 = 0; 
PINSEL2 &= 0x0000000C; 
IODIR0 |= 0x0F << 10 ; 
// P0.10 - P0.13 Control Lines IODIR1 |= 0xfF << 16; 
// P1.16 - P1.23 are Outputs while(1) 
if(x == 300) 
{ x=0; single++; 
if(thou>9) thou=0; 
Segment_Disp(&IOPIN1, 16,thou, hun, ten, single); 
void DelayMs(unsigned int count) 
unsigned int i,j; 

To compile the above C code you must need the KEIL software. They must be properly set up and a project with correct settings must be created in order to compile the code. To compile the above code, the C file must be added to the project.

In KEIL, you want to develop or debug the project without any hardware setup. You must compile the code for generating HEX file. In debugging Mode, you want to check the port output without LPC2148 Advanced Development Board.

The Flash Magic software is used to download the hex file into your microcontroller IC LPC2148 through UART0.

Testing the I2C โ€“ Seven segment with LPC2148

Give +3.3V power supply to LPC2148 Advanced Development Board; the four seven segment display is connected with the LPC2148 Advanced Development Board. First check the entire seven segments LEDโ€™s are properly working or not. Here we are display just 1234 in four seven segment. The entire seven segments receive it through I2C & display it in order.

If any data is not coming in seven segments, then you just check the entire seven segments LEDโ€™s are working or not. Change the seven segment driver IC & Check the I2C connections. Check the four seven segments connections. Otherwise you just check the code with debugging mode in KEIL. If you want to see more details about debugging just see the videos in below link.

โ˜žHow to Create & Debug a Project in KEIL.

General Information

โ˜žFor proper working use the components of exact values as shown in Circuit file. Wherever possible use new components.

โ˜žSolder everything in a clean way. A major problem arises due to improper soldering, solder jumps and loose joints.

โ˜žUse the exact value crystal shown in schematic.

โ˜žMore instructions are available in following articles,

How to Interface Keypad with LPC2148 – ARM7 Advanced Development Board

How to Interface UART with LPC2148 ARM7 Advanced development board

User Manual for NXP LPC213X Advanced Development Board

Creating & Debugging a Project in KEIL

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