I'm going to need to connect a 10 segment display to my Arduino, but the 10 segment display isn't going to be placed in the same location as the Arduino. Also, it's gonna be in a rather tight spot and there probably isn't gonna be enough room to stick it on it's own circuit board. So, I've been trying to figure out a good way to wire the thing.
I know .100 headers fit into IC sockets, so I toyed with the idea of trying to plug the dispay into a ribbon cable, but since the connectors on those are designed for headers and not IC pins, that probably wouldn't work too well. Besides, the original plan was to use a 20 pin ribbon cable socket with two rows, which I just realized won't be the correct distance apart.
And stripping ribbon cable probably won't work too well either, not with the tools I have. So ribbon cable is probably out of the question.
So I guess that leaves using plain wire. I guess I can bundle it together with electrical tape. I would have liked having everything including the arduino plug into connectors on a common circuit board though. I dunno how I'd do that with individual wires.
That leaves just one question. On this ten segment display, I wanted to try to get away with just using one resistor and one wire to go to ground or vcc by multiplexing the display. But while this display:
Says that it has a common anode, there's no mention of it in the spec sheet, and I only see 20 pins there, so unless there's something about 10 segment led arrays I don't know, I'd guess the Mouser description is wrong and if I do want to give all those led's a common anode, I'm gonna have to solder all the leads together.
I was wondering though, is there a GOOD way to solder all those leads together? I'm afraid I'm gonna make a mess trying to get solder to bridge all those gaps. I guess I could try to strip a long length of wire and lay it across them all but that doesn't seem a good solution either.
Anyway, sorry if I'm rambling. :-) I'm just trying to find the easiest/cleanest way to hook this thing up.
Hm.. maybe I should get one of those 90 degree "display" sockets for IC's and mount a little circuit board vertically. I hate to spend all that money on an IC socket and a circuit board just to mount one little 10 segment led array though.