Microchip Technology Inc.

PIC® Microcontrollers for LCD Display

Supported 8-bit & 16-bit Architectures: 8-bit PIC® Microcontrollers

Segmented displays are used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from meters to portable medical devices to thermostats to exercise equipment. PIC® microcontrollers with integrated LCD drivers can directly drive segmented displays with letters, numbers, characters and icons. The main features of Microchip’s LCD portfolio include:

  • Flexible LCD segments
    • 28 pins – up to 72 segments
    • 44 pins – up to 116 segments
    • 64 pins – up to 240 segments
    • 80 pins – up to 368 segments
    • 100 pins – up to 480 segments
  • Variable clock inputs
  • Integrated voltage bias generation
  • Direct drive for both 3V and 5V powered displays
  • Software contrast control for boosting or dimming for different temperature or lighting conditions
  • Drive LCD while conserving power in Sleep mode
  • Integrated real time clock and calendar for displaying time and date information
  • mTouch™ capacitive touch sensing capability


  • Enhanced Mid-Range Solutions (PIC16F19XX)
    These LCD MCUs provide excellent Low power capabilities, high LCD pixel count, lots of peripheral and memory integration and a very competitive price point. Features include:

    • 60-184 LCD segments with a low power drive mode to save batteries or lower power consumption
    • 3.5-28 Kbytes Flash program memory (read/write capable)
    • eXtreme Low Power Technology
    • 28/44/64-pin packages
  • Performance PIC18 Solutions (PIC18F8XJ9X and PIC18F8XK90)
    The PIC18 families of LCD MCUs offer greater memory density and higher pin counts to meet the demands of more complex segmented LCD applications with features including:

    • 128-192 LCD segments
    • eXtreme Low Power Technology
    • mTouch Capacitive Touch Interface
    • 8-128 KB Flash program memory
    • 64 and 80-pin package options
  • 16-bit PIC24F Solutions (PIC24FJ128GA3XX)
    The PIC24F GA3 family provides 16-bit performance and a 60 segment x8 common LCD driver that enables applications with more informative segmented display application.


Features include:

  • 240-480 LCD segments
  • eXtreme Low Power, VBAT and 150 uA/MHz active current
  • mTouch Capacitive Touch Interface
  • 64-128 KB Flash program memory
  • 64/80/100-pin package options

Learn more at: www.microchip.com/LCDExplorer


All of these PIC Microcontrollers for LCD Display are available today from Microchip.

LCD Explorer Development Board (DM240314)
The LCD Explorer demonstrates the PIC24FJ128GA310 MCU 60 segment x8 common, 480 segment LCD Driver. The board includes a 296 segment LCD glass with a 37 x 7 segment banner display area and 37 additional icons. The board also demonstrates the booster capability for contrast control and dimming as well as a PICtail™ Plus connector.

Learn more at: www.microchip.com/LCDExplorer


  • Consumer: Thermostat, Sprinkler Controller, Baby Alarms, Lawn Mowers
  • Medical: Thermometer, Pulse Ox Meter, Drug Injector, Medical Pump, Glucose Meter
  • Industrial: Utility Meters, Instruments, Gas Detection, Gasoline Pumps
  • Appliance: Refrigerator, Stove/Oven/Microwave, Coffee Maker
  • Automotive: Dashboard, Tire Pressure Sensor, Battery Vehicle Display, Audio System, Compass

Contact Information

Microchip Technology Inc.

2355 W. Chandler Blvd.
Chandler, AZ, 85224

tele: 480.792.7200
toll-free: 888.MCU.MCHP
fax: 480.792.7277

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