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A simple way to implement a 6-digit RGB backlit Nixie Tube display into any project, with an accompanying Arduino library.
A simple way to implement a 6-digit RGB backlit Nixie Tube display into any project, with an accompanying Arduino library.
A simple way to implement a 6-digit RGB backlit Nixie Tube display into any project, with an accompanying Arduino library.
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About The Driver

The Nixie Tube Driver from Doayee is a convenient and easy way to implement a 6-digit Nixie Tube display into any project of yours. It supports IN12A/B and IN15A/B tubes, allowing for use with decimal points and symbols, allowing for a huge breadth of applications.

The driver uses the HV5122 from Microchip and is intended for use with a microcontroller, and we have written an Arduino library which you can download from our website. See below to find out more about the possibilities for development.

Nixie Tube Driver in use as a Voltmeter
Nixie Tube Driver in use as a Voltmeter

 

The board also features a high power RGB LED backlight behind each tube, for added visual aesthetic. These can be programmed in any way you wish, should that be a rainbow colour fade loop or as one block colour.

Programmable RGB backlight
Programmable RGB backlight

Arduino Library

We have written an Arduino library to accompany the Nixie tube driver which is designed to simplify displaying of numbers, decimals, and symbols on the display.

The Nixie library also includes a comprehensive backlight controller, which allows smooth blending of colours between fades, custom colour loops, and user controllable durations, all in the background of the sketch.

Read more about the library, download it, and read the command guide on our website.

Tube Types

Our Nixie Tube Driver will be shipped with IN12B Nixie Tubes which have the advantage of allowing you to display a decimal point, for added functionality if using as a display for measurements, etc. This point appears before the digit, on latter five digits, such that it is possible to display “x.x.x.x.x.x”

You can also choose to have a number of IN15A/B tubes shipped with your reward. These are sets of scientific symbols also useful for measurement applications. IN15A includes % n µ P - + M m k Π and IN15B includes A W F Hz H V S Ω

IN15A Symbols
IN15A Symbols

 

 

IN15B Symbols
IN15B Symbols

 

Specs & Connections

  • The header shown in the image below (click to enlarge) is the interface for the driver, and fits perfectly into a breadboard
  • Requires high voltage power supply (not included)
  • Max Current Draw: 950mA 

Please remember, like all Nixie Tube projects, this is a **HIGH VOLTAGE** product and must be used with care 

Dimensions

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 Open Source

This project is open source. You can download both the project as a KiCad file or download the schematic as a PDF

Risks and challenges

With a fully functional prototype the only real challenge for us lies in getting public interest. If the project is funded, we have accounted for all costs and barring disaster all backers will receive their reward by the estimated deadline.

We have come to Kickstarter for this project with a good reputation following our previous campaign, with the Bluetooth Audio Link RN52 development kit, which was successfully funded and shipped to all backers. However, as we are a low volume outfit we simply cannot afford to buy the stock for this project and start selling straight away, hence coming to you for help.

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    Get our driver and 6 Nixie Tube digits, including decimal points

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    Nixie Tube Driver - Deluxe Pack

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    Get our driver, and 8 tubes:
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    Get our driver, and 8 tubes:
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