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Martin F edited this page Oct 22, 2022 · 7 revisions
  • Size: 400 * 300 4.2" Black/Red
  • Controller: UC8276
  • Status: Ready and merged in master
  • Product page
  • Refresh time: 14 seconds
  • Partial update: Not supported as in most of the 3 color epapers.

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Gdeh042Z21

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Compatible with models:

  • Gdew042Z15 Black/Red Controller: IL0398
  • Gdew042C37 Black/Yellow Controller: UC8176 / also called IL0389

Gdew042C37 This epaper seems not to be anymore available (EOL)

Statistics (ms)

280 _wakeUp settings+send Buffer
2004 _powerOn
2284 total time in millis -> starts rendering after 2.2 seconds

Please note that all the statistics shown here are using SPI on the ESP32 at max CPU speed ( 260 Mhz )

Problems that I encountered implementing this

Initial aproach copying provided example When mixing red close to black it makes a strange effect and black is like "washed out". I coded this following Good display Arduino example that uses the default LUT initialization tables that come in UC8276. It seems not to work correctly for me, so I will contact them and ask if they can send another example.

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Solution

When something like this happens check in the PDF specifications for "Boost start" usually sending a different settings than default is possible to make it better. In this case what worked is:

void Gdeh042Z21::_wakeUp(){
  IO.reset(10);
  IO.cmd(0x04);  
  _waitBusy("epd_wakeup");; //waiting for the electronic paper IC to release the idle signal
    
  IO.cmd(0x00);  //panel setting
  IO.data(0x0f); // LUT from OTP 400x300: No large initialization commands with this IC driver

  // Override bost soft start:  Without this Black appeared washed out near RED
  IO.cmd(0x06);  // Boost soft start setting
  IO.data(0x17); 
  IO.data(0x18);
  IO.data(0x18);
}

This is the result of this GFX demo:

   display.setFont(&Ubuntu_M18pt8b);
   uint8_t rectW = display.width()/4;
   uint16_t firstBlock = display.width()/4;  
   display.fillRect(    1,1,rectW, firstBlock,foregroundColor);
   display.fillRect(rectW,1,rectW, firstBlock,EPD_WHITE);
   display.fillRect(rectW*2,1,rectW,firstBlock,foregroundColor); 
   display.fillRect(rectW*3,1,rectW-2,firstBlock,EPD_WHITE);

   display.fillRect(    1,firstBlock,rectW,firstBlock,EPD_BLACK);
   display.fillRect(rectW,firstBlock,rectW,firstBlock,foregroundColor);
   display.fillRect(rectW*2,firstBlock,rectW,firstBlock,EPD_BLACK); 
   display.fillRect(rectW*3,firstBlock,rectW-2,firstBlock,foregroundColor);
   display.setCursor(10,firstBlock/2);
   display.setTextColor(EPD_WHITE);
   display.println("WHI");
   display.setCursor(firstBlock*1.5,firstBlock/2);
   display.setCursor(firstBlock*1.5,firstBlock/2);
   display.setTextColor(EPD_BLACK);
   display.println("BLACK");
   display.setCursor(display.width()/2-100,display.height()-108);
   display.println("BLA");
   display.setTextColor(EPD_RED);
   display.println("RED");
   display.setTextColor(EPD_BLACK);
   display.println("BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK");
   display.update();