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Driver for the SH1106 display

This driver consists mostly of the work of Radomir Dopieralski (@deshipu). I added a few functions and changed the existing ones so it matches better my needs for a project.

Features

Use OLED display with the SH1106 driver with SPI or I2C. It is based on the MicroPython framebuffer class and consists wrappers for this class as well as special methods for controlling the display.

Connection

The SH1106 supports next to thers the I2C or SPI interface. The connection depends on the interface used and the number of devices in the system. Especially the ESP8266 with their small number of GPIO ports may require optimization.

I2C

SCL and SDA have to be connected as minimum. The driver also resets the device by the reset PIN. If your are low on GPIO ports, reset can be applied by a dedicated circuit, like the MCP100-300.

SPI

SCLK, MOSI, D/C are always required. If the display is the only SPI device in the set-up, CS may be tied to GND. Reset has also to be connected, unless it is driven by an external circuit.

Class

The driver contains the SH1106 class and the derived SH1106_I2C and SH1106_SPI classes. Besides the constructors, the methods are the same.

I2C

display = sh1106.SH1106_I2C(width, height, i2c, reset, address)
  • width and height define the size of the display
  • i2c is an I2C object, which has to be created beforehand and tells the ports for SDA and SCL.
  • res is the GPIO Pin object for the reset connection. It will be initialized by the driver. If it is not needed, None has to be supplied.
  • adr is the I2C address of the display. Default 0x3c or 60

SPI

display = sh1106.SH1106_SPI(width, height, spi, dc, res, cs)
  • width and height define the size of the display
  • spi is an SPI object, which has to be created beforehand and tells the ports for SCLJ and MOSI. MISO is not used.
  • dc is the GPIO Pin object for the Data/Command selection. It will be initialized by the driver.
  • res is the GPIO Pin object for the reset connection. It will be initialized by the driver. If it is not needed, it can be set to None or omitted. In this case the default value of None applies.
  • cs is the GPIO Pin object for the CS connection. It will be initialized by the driver. If it is not needed, it can be set to None or omitted. In this case the default value of None applies.

Methods

display.init_display()

display.init_display()

Initializes the display, fills it with the color 0 and displays the empty screen. It also tries to apply the reset signal, if it is connected ( = not None).

display.power_on() and display.power_off()

display.poweron()
display.poweroff()
display.sleep(state)

Enable and disable the display. display.sleep(True) is identical to display.poweroff(), display.sleep(False) is equivalent to display.poweron(). Other than the literal meaning could tell, it does not switch the power line(Vcc) of the display.

display.contrast()

display.contrast(level)

Set the display's contrast to the given level. The range is 0..255. For a single color display like the SH1106, this is actually the brightness.

display.invert()

display.invert(flag)

Invert the content of the display, depending on the value of Flag. This is immediately effective for the whole display.

  • flag = True Invert
  • flag = False Normal mode

display.rotate()

display.rotate(flag[, update=True])

Rotate the content of the display, depending on the value of Flag. To become fully effective, you have to run display.show(). If the parameter update is True, show() is called by the function itself.

  • flag = True: Rotate by 180 degree
  • flag = False: Normal mode

display.show()

Display the content of the frame buffer on the display.

display.show()

The usual program flow would set-up/update the frame buffer content with a sequence of calls an the call display.show() for the content to be shown (see examples below).

Framebuffer Methods

The below listed display methods of the framebuffer class are mirrored in this class. For a documentation, please look into the MicroPython documentation at http://docs.micropython.org/en/latest/pyboard/library/framebuf.html?highlight=framebuf#module-framebuf:

  • fill
  • fill_rect
  • line
  • vline
  • hline
  • rect
  • pixel
  • scroll
  • text
  • blit

The text is displayed with the built-in 8x8 pixel font, which support the ASCII character set values 32..127. The text overlays the previous content; 'on' pixels in a character will not overwrite existing 'off' pixels. If you want to rewrite an area of the screen, you have to clear it beforehand, e.g. with the fill_rect() method.

Remark: If you want to use other font styles and sizes, have a look at the work of Peter Hinch (@pythoncoder) at https://github.com/peterhinch/micropython-font-to-py

display.reset()

display.reset()

Attempt to reset the display by toggling the reset line. This is obviously only effective is reset is connected. Otherwise it's a No-Op.

Sample Code

SPI

# MicroPython SH1106 OLED driver
#
# Pin Map SPI for ESP8266
#   - 3v - xxxxxx   - Vcc
#   - G  - xxxxxx   - Gnd
#   - D7 - GPIO 13  - Din / MOSI fixed
#   - D5 - GPIO 14  - Clk / SCLK fixed
#   - D8 - GPIO 4   - CS (optional, if the only connected device)
#   - D2 - GPIO 5   - D/C
#   - D1 - GPIO 2   - Res (required, unless a Hardware reset circuit is connected)
#
# for CS, D/C and Res other ports may be chosen.
#
from machine import Pin, SPI
import sh1106

spi = SPI(1, baudrate=1000000)
display = sh1106.SH1106_SPI(128, 64, spi, Pin(5), Pin(2), Pin(4))
display.sleep(False)
display.fill(0)
display.text('Testing 1', 0, 0, 1)
display.show()

I2C

# MicroPython SH1106 OLED driver
#
# Pin Map I2C for ESP8266
#   - 3v - xxxxxx   - Vcc
#   - G  - xxxxxx   - Gnd
#   - D2 - GPIO 5   - SCK / SCL
#   - D1 - GPIO 4   - DIN / SDA
#   - D0 - GPIO 16  - Res (required, unless a Hardware reset circuit is connected)
#   - G  - xxxxxx     CS
#   - G  - xxxxxx     D/C
#
# Pin's for I2C can be set almost arbitrary
#
from machine import Pin, I2C
import sh1106

i2c = I2C(scl=Pin(5), sda=Pin(4), freq=400000)
display = sh1106.SH1106_I2C(128, 64, i2c, Pin(16), 0x3c)
display.sleep(False)
display.fill(0)
display.text('Testing 1', 0, 0, 1)
display.show()

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