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Part 7 - Oh FFC!

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In which we commune with cables

The small screen driver board thing (technical jargon there) has a couple of   FFC (flat flexible cable) connectors.  I take a macro pic of the cable to count the wires, then spot the number printed on the board, each cable has 40 pins, that's a LOT of signals!  
Each also has an additional fat earthing strip but then this monitor is earthed up the wazoo.  I don't think these earth strips will be strictly necessary but they'll be easy enough to extend if I have to.

Ruler says cable is 20mm wide, even my boneheaded math says thatís 0.5mm pitch.

Here's a chance for me to sing the praises of another of those DIY projector sites that I've come across in my researches.   This is the excellent www.diy-Beamer.com an Austrian site (though the site is also viewable in English and French).  These guys do a bundle of an FFC cable plus a double ended connector, which make the extension of those 40 ways super easy.  Being Germanic these guys are efficient and friendly and do a whole bunch of FFCs in a range of lengths, pitches and widths.   If I get round to building a projector I'll be back there again.

The FFCs have a small clip holding them in, in this case its a latch that lifts up, on the connectors itís a wedge thing that slides out forwards by 1mm, easy either way just with a fingernail.  Make sure the cables are lined up, signal A going down wire B can kill a screen according to rumours, but it shouldnít be a problem if youíre careful
Cost so far £64.98

http:\www.diy-Beamer.com

DIY Beamer shop.
Ideal if you want to build a beamer.

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