interfacing a display with arduino

Hi, I have a display; cu209scpb-T20A. I wanted it for a display for a foosball table but have no idea about how to go about interfacing the display. The display has 18 pins and 3 pins for power. I also found this data sheet: http://www.qscomp.cz/Pdf/CU209SCPB-T20A-05.pdf

Please help

If you go to the website on that datasheet : http://www.noritake-itron.com/ And choose "software examples", you will see some code. Choose 'C' code. Also check the "application notes"

ok so I went to that website and found the code so would I set up my arduino with the display as shown in the schematic? With the arduino being the cpu host and then just copy and paste the c code? And if so want pins should I use to connect the device?

The 'C' code is for another microcontroller. You can see how it is done, but you can't just copy it. The pins can be any of the 13 digital pins.

If you are new to Arduino, you should try something easy first. A few leds and switches and so. Arduino has code for displays with a HD44780 controller : http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/LiquidCrystal If your display is different, it can be hard to make it work. You need an example of someone who has used this display with the Arduino.

Your first stop is the playground section about VFDs: http://arduino.cc/playground/Main/InterfacingWithHardware#VFD This looks also very interesting : http://www.neilhannah.com/arduino-vfd/

how do I know what controller the display is using? because to get a library off the arduino website I need to know the controller.

You are right, but I can't find what kind of controller is used.

There is also an original datasheet. Download it here: http://www.datasheetarchive.com/CU209SCPB-T20A-datasheet.html (click on the PDF thumbnail for the 484.77 Kb, and then click on the image of the first page).

You could check that datasheet against a datasheet of an LCD with the HD44780, to see if it is the same.

ok I compared the data sheets and the pin lay out and requirements look the same for an lcd with the HD44780. So I just hook it up and use the liquid crystal library?

Give it a try !

ok I compared the data sheets and the pin lay out and requirements look the same for an lcd with the HD44780.

Which pin on your device compares to the 'E' pin on the HD44780?

Why don't you just use the serial interface?

Don

There is also an original datasheet. ... (click on the PDF thumbnail for the 484.77 Kb, and then click on the image of the first page).

Thank you for that explanation - I never was able to figure out how to get a datasheet from one of those sites.

Don