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September 24, 2008

Message Pump – USB to LCD Display Adapter

at 11:08 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


The Message Pump project from Spikenzie Labs provides you with some surface mount soldering enjoyment and a resulting device that will allow you to display messages from your computer. Lots of computers don’t have a serial port these days so the USB connection is very handy. It is available in many forms including bare board or a kit with all the required parts.


"The Message Pump A.K.A. the USB to LCD Backpack is a device that allows you to connect a LCD display directly to your computer. It uses a PIC micro-controller, to drive the LCD and a FTDI USB to serial chip to connect to your computer. Most of the parts on the Message Pump are surface mount. If you are good or OK at soldering though hole parts then building the Message Pump will should be a problem. You may just have to change your technique a bit. Look around the web and you will find lots of tutorials on how to do surface mount (SMT) soldering. The most popular part used in this project is the FTDI USB chip. People are afraid of it because it has a small pin pitch (spacing). The version used here is the SSOP-28 package. Yes, this tight spacing does make it a bit more difficult to solder but if you have not tried, I think you’d be surprised, it’s not that hard."

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3 Responses to “Message Pump – USB to LCD Display Adapter”

  1. Gh0sTly Says:

    Where can I get one of these presoldered! I really would love this for my current PC!

  2. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Ghostly,

    There is a link in the article.

  3. The voice in your head Says:

    The gadget is neat, but lern2video. Also, “both PC, Mac and Lienux” – double fail.

    Anyway, it’s a bit pricey, but I can think of some good uses for it. Attach an LCD to the back of your laptop to display media player information when the lid is closed.

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