December 15, 2015

Experimenting with the Freetronics OLED Display and ESP8266

Thanks to the ability of programming an ESP8266 WiFi-enabled microcontroller with the Arduino IDE, it is now possible to create all sorts of higher-performance Arduino-compatoble projects with this interesting new chipset. And thanks to the increase in CPU speed, hardware I/O has also seen a relative increase in speed as well - such as the SPI bus.

One Freetronics forum member took advantage of this speed kick and has demonstrated how to use our OLED display with hardware SPI at 20 MHz. This allows for a much greater frame rate and smoother image display and animation on the OLED. You can see a demonstration of this in the following video:

Our kudos and thanks to Freetronics forum member mikehains, and you can learn more about this through his forum post. And for more, we're on facebook, twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

If you're looking for a neat and colourful display to use with your Arduino or Raspberry Pi - and now the ESP8266 - consider our 128x128 pixel OLED Module. With a diagonal size of 1.5" and 16,384 colours to select from, so almost anything is possible. Furthermore there's a microSD card socket, and removable tabs on each side which can hold LEDs and buttons:

And using the module is made simple - we have tutorials and drivers for both the Arduino and Raspberry Pi platforms - great for experimenters or those who use both systems. Furthermore, check out the forum where members are already creating modified drivers to rapidly increase the display speed. For more information including our Quickstart guides - and of course to order - visit the OLED Module product page.

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