Circuit and PCB layout

The circuit is stand alone and can be connected to the ports B and D off the AVR microcontroller. The circuit consists of three shift registers IC's 74HC595 which switches each column of the displays sequentially on and off for 3ms. PORTB controls the the 74HC595. When a column is selected, the data for the column is put on PORTD, the signals from PORTB are amplified by the ULN2003, and switches the LED's on and off. While each column is swithed on and off seqeuntially, the characters on the display are formed. The PCB contains all the parts except for the microcontroller part. The PCB has to be connected via the two 10 pin flat cable connectors to the attinyboard or the STK500 for example. You can buy the ATTiny Board at

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dot matrix display pcb

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