Does anyone know of any programmable LCD controller?

Something like this:

It should be programmable through USB/RS232, and it does not have to be colour.

At work, we are building a digital VCR-type appliance and need a display for the front panel. There is not an electronics expert, so we need something that is easily programmable through standard interfaces/ports.
Posted on 2005-07-21 16:03:14 by comrade
My friend pointed me to:

This is exactly what I am looking for. If anyone knows of similar and cheaper models, please reply.
Posted on 2005-07-21 16:57:11 by comrade
If anyone looks for this thread sometime, there are also many LCDs from:
Posted on 2005-07-28 18:17:56 by comrade
And here:
Posted on 2005-07-29 09:32:33 by comrade
Do you need a graphics or character only model? I have experience programming the character ones, but havent tried working with the character ones. (They are out of my price range :D)
Posted on 2005-07-31 20:35:12 by x86asm
Character will also do. Do you have any recommendation?
Posted on 2005-07-31 22:34:05 by comrade
I always wondered... why these outrageous prices? That's what kept me from filling my apartment with lcd-enabled devices when I was a pupil
Posted on 2005-08-01 05:00:06 by Ultrano
Hmm those on crystalfontz are cheaper - the types I needed back then when I was making electronics all the time. At that time the cheapest ones were $40 here...
Posted on 2005-08-01 05:08:21 by Ultrano
Dont know about the prices but if you are near Germany
Posted on 2005-08-03 06:14:03 by Azrim
Posted on 2005-08-03 06:17:09 by Azrim
I've used LCD character displays in my PIC work a lot, usually 2 lines of 8 chartacters, pretty cheap at $8 USD or so.

Needs just 6 or 7 data lines to write to them (the extra line is to read from them), used the usuale Hitachi (or clone) controller. Parallex uses this in their LDC appmod, which I coppied for my work too; the appmod also inclused 4 pushbutton switches on the same data lines. A usefull reuseable block.
Posted on 2005-08-03 12:28:03 by Ernie
Sounds pretty cute... how do you program them? Solder the LCD connectors to a RS-232 plug, then open a COM port and send data?
Posted on 2005-08-03 12:34:23 by f0dder
Serial LCD to PC

btw.. this is nice :)
Posted on 2005-08-04 06:19:59 by Azrim
All the character ones act the same basically, they are complaint with the HD44780 chip. I used a parallel one, I didnt try the serial ones or the Crystal Fontz one. Though the mappings of the display character RAM is a bit weird, I suggest you read up on it beforehand as it can save ya some frustration (lol, you dont wanna go thru what I went thru!)
Posted on 2005-08-08 21:12:44 by x86asm
  If your looking for just the controller, most people use Epson dot matrix controllers. If you want it combined then I would go with OPTREX. Look at the DMC series.
Posted on 2006-07-16 13:16:44 by mrgone