Futaba M12BY02AA VFD Display

I'm new here - be gentle :)

I got a few of these displays pretty cheaply, and being I2C I thought they should be pretty easy to get working, problem is I'm stuck. The datasheet for these displays is here - http://docs-asia.electrocomponents.com/webdocs/0f06/0900766b80f06185.pdf

I get that I need to send a device address byte, then a command or memory address byte, and then the data bytes, I presume with code resembling the following -

Wire.write(byte1); Wire.write(byte2); Wire.write(byte3); etc, etc

The question is - how do I receive the acknowledge bits - the "0" that the display sends back after each byte is received. Do I just do a Wire.read() line with a routine to look for a 0??

Any help or example code would be greatly appreciated.

OK, I’ve found some code on github from someone who has used this display before, unfortunately it was with a PIC not an AVR - OpenHUDisplay/m12by02aa.c at master · Djhg2000/OpenHUDisplay · GitHub

The code I am using so far is below, just to try to turn one of the three LED’s on, before I try to get the display working -

#include <Wire.h>
byte I2C_add = B10100000; //address #0
byte disp_write = B01000000; //write to display memory
byte disp_bright = B10011111; //turn on display, maximum brightness
byte led_write = B01000101; //write to LED's

void setup() {

void loop() {
  Wire.write(I2C_add); //write to address #0
  Wire.write(disp_bright); //turn on display
  Wire.write(led_write); //write to LED
  Wire.write(B01000101); //turn LED 2 on

Any ideas??

Hi Symon777

I've writtem a Arduino driver for the M12BY02AA. Please see https://github.com/duke3000/M12BY02AA

How did you configure the address of the display? Leaving the three address pins open means address 7 (they are internally pulled-up). Another caveat is that, every time you write data to the display, you have to re-enable the display to actually see somethinh on it. But this is all handled by the driver now. $

The driver isn't perfect yet, I will improve some things as soon as I'll have time for that.

edit: I use it on a Teensyduino 2.0, but it should work on any other Arduino with I2C bus.

Hope I could help, Simon