# 7 Segment Display- A brief introduction

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What is a Seven Segment Display (SSD)?

• It is an electronic display device for displaying decimal numerals.
• It is widely used in digital clocks, electronic meters, basic calculators, etc.
• It is also known as “seven-segment indicator

What does it consist of?

• It consists of 8 LEDs connected in parallel that can be lit in different combinations to display the numbers (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, A, b, C, d, E, F, etc.).
• Each segment (LED) is denoted by letters A to G.
• The eighth segment called “Decimal Point” is denoted by DP and is used for the display of non-integer numbers.

Types of Seven Segment Display and its Internal Connections:

Depending on how the terminals are connected, the SSDs can be classified as:

• Common Anode Type
• Common Cathode Type

• If Anodes of all the 8 LEDs are connected together and all the Cathode are left alone, then we refer to the SSD as “Common Anode Type”.
• If Cathodes of all the 8 LEDs are connected together and all the Anodes are left alone, then we refer to the SSD as “Common Cathode Type”.

Output Pins

• It consists of 10 pins, of which 8 pins are connected to LEDs (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and DP).
• Depending on the type of the SSD, the two middle pins denoted by COM are either common anodes or common cathodes of all the LEDs.

Output Display reference table

 Digit A B C D E F G 0 ON ON ON ON ON ON OFF 1 OFF ON ON OFF OFF OFF OFF 2 ON ON OFF ON ON OFF ON 3 ON ON ON ON OFF OFF ON 4 OFF ON ON OFF OFF ON ON 5 ON OFF ON ON OFF ON ON 6 ON OFF ON ON ON ON ON 7 ON ON ON OFF OFF OFF OFF 8 ON ON ON ON ON ON ON 9 ON ON ON ON OFF ON ON A ON ON ON OFF ON ON ON b OFF OFF ON ON ON ON ON C ON OFF OFF ON ON ON OFF d OFF ON ON ON ON OFF ON E ON OFF OFF ON ON ON ON F ON OFF OFF OFF ON ON ON

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