Quote from: fm on Jan 07, 2013, 01:04 amIf you look in the project's wiki you will see that the 2 wire SR version of the library is about 4,5 times faster than the stock parallel LiquidCrystal an almos 40 times faster than the I2C versio. Wow, that's some difference. I actually expected it to be slower for some reason. No real basis for that though, other than I guess some intuition that a cheaper method using generic SR would be slower than a specific implementation like I2C, or a parallel interface using a lot more pins.
If you look in the project's wiki you will see that the 2 wire SR version of the library is about 4,5 times faster than the stock parallel LiquidCrystal an almos 40 times faster than the I2C versio.
I'll definitely give that a try at some point as I have plenty of 595N's coming. I think I'll be off to design a new 2W SR based backpack. ;-)I guess the only difference is with controlling multiple LCD's. With 2W SR would I need another 2 pins for a an LCD displaying different data?How does the library handle daisy chained SR? Does it, or would it be possible, to support multiple LCD's by writing 16, 24, 32 bits across multiple SR to display the same or different data on each? I'm thinking of this from the way ShiftPWM works. If you actually have 2 SR connected, but specify only 1 then the data gets repeated on the second.Maybe the SR constructor could include a NUM_SR data to effectively specify how many LCD's. I suppose you'd need some kind of reference to each one for lcd.write() etc, such as lcd1.write, lcd2.write like you would if declaring multiple constructors normally.
Being able to get a 2 wire implementation, with daisy chained displays, that is faster than I2C with the same wiring benefits, would be quite an achievement.