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Segmented displays are used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from meters to portable medical devices to thermostats to exercise equipment. Microcontrollers (MCUs) with integrated LCD drivers can directly drive segmented displays with letters, numbers, characters and icons. Developed to meet the low power design requirements, these MCUs are easy and scalable solutions that help extend battery life in your LCD applications. We also offer a family of LCD Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs) and a stand-alone LCD driver.


  • Direct drive for segmented LCDs
  • Flexible LCD segments
    • 28 pins, up to 60 segments   
    • 44 pins, up to 96 segments
    • 64 pins, up to 240 segments
    • 80 pins, up to 368 segments
    • 100 pins, up to 480 segments
    • 121 pins, up to 512 segments


  • Voltage bias generation minimizes external components
  • Real-Time Clock Calendar (RTCC) reduces costs
  • mTouch® capacitive touch sensing for developing human interface applications
  • Peripheral Touch Controller (PTC) with ultra-low-power wake-up on touch feature

Low Power

  • Drive LCD while conserving power in sleep mode
  • Software contrast control
  • Battery backup using VBAT with RTCC

Explore Our LCD Solutions

MCUs with Integrated LCD Controller

Our MCUs with integrated LCD drivers can directly drive segmented displays with letters, numbers, characters and icons with up to 512 segments. These MCUs meet low-power design requirements, including driving the LCD display in sleep mode and software contrast control for boosting or dimming.

LCD Display ADCs

Our  LCD display ADCs are complete data acquisition systems that directly drive multiplexed LCDs. They feature a dual slope ADC, seven segment decoders, polarity and digit drivers, a voltage reference and a clock circuit. These devices are useful for panel meter, digital multimeters or instrumentation applications.

Stand-Alone LCD Driver

The AY0438 stand-alone LCD driver includes an on-chip oscillator and can drive up to 32 segments of arbitrary configuration. It is basically a simple-to-use smart peripheral with only three control lines. The AY0438 can be used in a variety of industrial, consumer, telecom and automotive segmented displays.

Featured Product: PIC24F ‘GU/GL/GP' MCUs with Core-Independent Autonomous Animation

Animations like alternating between displays, blinking and blanking of pixels are common in most LCDs. The PIC24F ‘GU/GL/GP’ family of MCUs features an integrated LCD driver with autonomous animation to offload most of these animation routines from the CPU. This allows you to enable animation in power-saving modes while the CPU is in doze, idle or sleep mode.

Autonomous Blinking

Alternating Display

Animation in Low-Power Modes

Three Easy Steps to Get Started

Step 1: Use the Microchip Advanced Parts Selector (MAPS) to choose an LCD MCU

Step 2: Select a development board

Step 3: Purchase an LCD solution. Here are some recommended suppliers: 

Featured Development Boards

SAM L22 Xplained Pro Evaluation Kit

Part Number: ATSAML22-XPRO-B

  • ATSAML22N18A 32-bit Arm® Cortex®-M0+ based MCU
  • Touch segment LCD display
  • User LED and QTouch® sensor button
  • ATECC508A secure element
  • Embedded debugger
  • Embedded current measurement circuitry

LCD Explorer XLP Development Board

Part Number: DM240314

  • PIC24FJ128GA310 16-bit MCU 
  • Supports 100-pin Plug-In Modules (PIMs)
  • LCD glass with x8 commons, 37 × 7 banner and 37 custom icons
  • mTouch® technology capacitive button
  • Separate Vbatt battery supply

PICDEM™ LCD2 Demo Board

Part Number: DM163030

  • Demonstrates the key features of 28- ,40-, 64- and 80-pin LCD PIC® MCUs
  • Sample LCD glass display included for custom prototyping
  • Features LCD voltage booster and software contrast control

Development Ecosystem

The MPLAB development ecosystem is a single tool chain supporting all PIC® and SAM  microcontrollers (MCUs).

MPLAB® X Integrated Development Environment

A single Integrated Development Environment (IDE) supporting all PIC® and SAM MCUs

MPLAB XC Compiler

A comprehensive solution for your software development that integrates with MPLAB X IDE to provide a full graphical front end

MPLAB ICD 4 In-Circuit Debugger

Part Number: DV164045

Our fastest and cost-effective debugging and programming tool for PIC® and SAM (MCUs)


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Product Display Type Resolution (Digits) Resolution (Counts) For DMM, DPM, Data Logger Hold Function Temperature Range (°C)
TC7106 LCD 3.5 2000 Yes No -25 to 85
TC7106A LCD 3.5 2000 No Yes -25 to 85
TC7107 LED 3.5 2000 No Yes -25 to 85
TC7107A LED 3.5 2000 No Yes -25 to 85
TC7116 LCD 3.5 2000 No Yes -25 to 85
TC7116A LCD 3.5 2000 No Yes -25 to 85
TC7117 LED 3 2000 No Yes -25 to 85
TC7117A LED 3 2000 No Yes -25 to 85
TC7126 LCD 3.5 2000 No No -25 to 85
TC7126A LCD 3.5 2000 No No -25 to 85
TC7129 LCD 4.5 20000 No No 0 to 70
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Product Status 5K Pricing Drives No of segments Control Lines Required No of characters Cascadable On-chip oscillator CMOS and TTL-compatible inputs Electrostatic discharge protection on all pins Packages
AY0438 In Production $2.15 32 3 16 Yes Yes Yes Yes 40/PDIP, 44/PLCC


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New PIC24F GU/GL Family of Low Power MCUs

The PIC24F ‘GU/GL’ family of eXtreme Low Power (XLP) microcontrollers (MCUs) enables the development of an array of innovative applications, both with and without displays. Packed with many Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) that can function in power-saving modes, these MCUs offer ultra-low-power operation for battery-powered and power-conscious IoT designs.