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How to Drive VFD tube with MCU?

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sdttn:
Hi,
I need to learn how to connect the PT6311 (VFD Driver IC with serial interface)

I did not know which serial standards in this IC.  :-\
Which comand I need to use in Pic Basic Pro.
I am planing to use 16f628
Thanks.

Alex:
Before we do anything, you linked a VFD on the chatbox.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vacuum-Fluorescent-Display-8-digit-VFD-clock-nixie-tube-/270747473445?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item3f09ce9625

You are not seriously thinking of buying this at $400  :o Previous 2 were sold for 2 orders of magnitude less, clearly the seller messed up.

First find the VFD you want, and its bloody datasheet. I am tired of ebay sellers not providing a datasheet unless you buy the product. What are they thinking?!  >:(

sdttn:
I have already had just two of them before. 
There is no fancy thing about the VFD.

The datasheet on attachment.

Alex:
Most excellent!

Now, are you forced to use the PT6311 driver?  As this is a small multiplexed display it will be easy to use a (40 pin?) MCU with a handful of transistors to drive the display. You can also use specialised shift register latches from eg Maxim, designed to drive VFDs.

sdttn:
No,
I prefer PT6311 because of the serial interface it use 3 pin.
Can you say me the maxim ICs?
Thanks for your help.

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