A new short tutorial is online! 16×2 LCD display and DS18B20
Here you will get all informations about the clock: Project clock – with ILC1-1/8 (tube)
The new ILC1-1/8 control board works fine! Great!
I describe the circuit later …
After some days the clock got some malfunctions. I used ICs from an old project here.
Suspected quick came on, they are damaged. So I swapped the UDN2981 ICs with new ones. But a day later, the same malfunction recurred.
I use the UDN2981 drivers to switch with 5V (output Arduino) the 30V segments (tube). The UDN2981 can switch 500 mA. But that is a mistake. In the data sheet itself is, per output not exceeding 120 mA current can be used.
OK, back to basics.
The segments need 150 mA current. That can not be connected with a normal transistor. So we need a MOSFET. And these per segment.
All together 7 MOSFETs and 4 additional for the individual tubes. 11 MOSFETs!
My first contact with MOSFETs.
Now, a few days later I can say, it works. Of course, I had the wrong MOSFETs here. But the new p-channel MOSFETs came just one day later, and the control is ready. The sample circuit is working properly since yesterday. Of course, the UDN2981 would be easier, but what the heck …
The problem were not wrong ICs, the problem was a wrong datasheet for this type of tubes!
I spent a long time with searches in the internet and at the end I found Günter and his pages. I wrote him an email and ask him for help. He sent me the correct informations for this type of tubes. With him I talked about my problems and he described me another ICs, the LB1240.
I ordered this already and I hope, I will get them in the next couple of days.
To use the time, I probed another way – control the tubes with simple pnp transistors. Each segment needs only 3mA .. 4 mA current, not more! To realise this, a simple pnp transistor, i.e. a BC556 transistor is enough.
Great! It’s work!
The clock is finish! At least the technical part and the source code.
In the next days I will create a special site for this clock. I will show there the circuit and the source code.
The first code is running!
It shows minutes and second. The next step will be to insert an IV 25 tube to display the rhythm for the seconds. Then, the main display shows hours and minutes.
Today, I started to build the new clock. I show you some pictures. The ILC 1-1/8 tube is really big! The whole clock will be 26 cm large!
Because of the big size, I don’t use a printed circuit board. Only for the ICs I will use a small board.
The last picture show a function test. It works!
Here is a detailed description of the tube.
The Filament voltage is 3.15V (150 mA). You have pins 1,2 (+) and 14,15 (-) to use. It’s not necessary to use both couple, 1 or 2 and 14 or 15 are enough.
(It’s also possible to use AC for the filament.)
The next is our Grid voltage, +20V (45mA .. 50mA). The Grid are the pins 4, 8 and 13 (one of these).
The other pins are the segments. To use with +20V too. Each segment needs 3mA .. 4mA current.
It’s possible to reduce the Grid and segment voltage down to 12V. The segments are still on, but not so bright. For test it’s great!
A few days ago I found this kind of tubes: ILC 1-1/8. It’s great, the tubes are great! They are 10 cm large! And, we can use it with 35V voltage!!