Teaching BeagleBone to play with LIDD displays

[Chris] hasn’t managed to get his hands on a Raspberry Pi yet, so he ordered a BeagleBone and got down to business. He was surprised to find that there isn’t much info out there about using LIDD type displays with the hardware. This protocol is used in many of the 320×240 smart LCD modules on the market, so he hammered out his own drivers and is sharing the details.

The system is designed to run a Linux kernel and [Chris] has chosen to go with Angstrom. His journey started by working out how to compile and patch the kernel himself. From there it was just a matter of getting the pin mapping right, and compiling a driver (it sounds way too simple when put like that).

Apparently he’s pretty close to getting the X desktop environment up and running. No idea what he plans for the hardware, but we’re all for people sharing their work to make it easier for others. Thanks!

5 thoughts on “Teaching BeagleBone to play with LIDD displays

  1. What display is it? I am wondering where to “purchase a 320×240 pixel touchscreens with an SSD1289 controller for less than $20”, as he writes. Free shipping would of course be a great bonus :-).

  2. Nice work :) I look forward to creeping thru the article later. Thanks for getting this sorted out for the rest of us and for all of the hard work :)
    I too would like to know where to find one of these display/controller rigs for 20 bux :)

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