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13 Nov 2018, 16:27

Looking to stand out from the crowd? Add Colour with RGB from IDS

Utilising a new range of Mono RGB displays from Intelligent Display Solutions  (IDS), you can now add different colours to your display. Incorporating high–end OSRAM RGB LEDs into our backlights means that you no longer have to make do with just white or blue background and text on your display – why not chose: red, pink, teal, salmon, lime, azure?

Aside from matching the colour of your company logo, or allowing your end customer to match the colour of your display to their system, these RGB backlights also have other serious uses. There is nothing clearer to see than a whole display changing colour, rather than reading the text written on it. So if you are recording a temperature, you can use the RGB backlight to match the recorded temperature, i.e. changes from blue to green to orange to red as the temperature increases. Or in an alarm state, a flashing red backlight is very easy to see, when its normal condition is set to green for example. Maybe you would like to show when your unit is in engineering mode or is booting up? – Change the background colour to easily show which state or mode your device is running in.

16 x 2 128 x 64 256 x 128


We have introduced this backlighting technology into 3 of our standard products: 16 x 2 character display, 128 x 64 and 256 x 128 graphics displays, across 4 different technology groups;

  • STN Positive – Blue text or dots on a coloured background
  • FSTN Positive – Black text or dots on a coloured background
  • FSTN Negative – Coloured text or dots on a blue/black background
  • FFSTN Negative – Coloured text or dots on a Black background

Controlling the backlights can be achieved with either fixed resistors (achieving 6 colours), or via PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) control enabling 1000’s of colours to be generated.

To help with development and speed to market we have produced a number of accessories:


Break-out boards: All the connections brought out to industry standard 0.1” pin headers.

Demo system: SD card plug and play, enabling you to start showing images in seconds.

Example code: Working code is already written for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and microprocessor, available here:

For the 128 x 64 and 256 x 128 graphics displays, we have also introduced a resistive touchscreen.

Purchasing of these displays and accessories couldn’t be simpler – products are available for next day delivery through RS Components.

16 x 2 128 x 64 256 x 128 Accessories

CI064-4001-43    RGB FFSTN Negative

RGB FFSTN Negative

RGB FFSTN Negative

16 x 2 Breakout Board

RGB FSTN Negative 

RBG FSTN Negative

CI064-4073-22    RGB FSTN Negative

128 x 64 Breakout Board

RGB FSTN Positive

CI064-4021-16A    RGB FSTN Positive

RGB FSTN Positive

256 x 128 Breakout Board

RGB STN Positive

RGB STN Positive

RGB STN Positive

Demo System


The experts here at IDS have been designing and selling displays for over 20 years now, so if you have a display question or problem, our team will be able to find you a solution.

For any enquiries please contact: or call 01635 294600. Alternatively please visit 

Check out our product videos below:

IDS is a division of Intelligent Group Solutions Ltd (IGS) a well-established respected industry leading Optoelectronics solutions provider. Much of IGS’ business comes from providing semi-custom or custom products both in component and sub-assembly form. This comes from providing design support and prototyping within the European market place with the capability to deliver production displays to wherever in the world that the customer’s manufacturing or assembly is being undertaken.

13 Nov 2018, 16:27