MCM Electronics

2.5" LCD Display with Composite input for Raspberry Pi By Adafruit (912) MCM Part #83-14399

4 stars 2 reviews
MSRP: $44.95
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Specifications Top

Yes, this is an adorable miniature television! The visible display measures only 2.5" diagonal, the TFT comes with a NTSC/PAL driver board.

The display is very easy to use - simply connect 4.5-15VDC to the red and black wires, then connect a composite video source to the yellow and black wire. Voila, a television display! There's a little button to adjust the LED backlight brightness (5 levels) - there is no other adjustment available but we found that the color and contrast look great right out of the box.

To demonstrate it, photos were taken with the display connected to a Raspberry Pi, but it will also work connected to any analog composite-video output such as a YBox or Propeller w/Video out. It will not work with a device that only outputs VGA, HDMI or any other digital video signal.

  • Power with 4.5-15VDC only into onboard buck converter
  • 80mA power draw at 12V, 180mA at 5V
  • Control board measures 51mm x 44mm
  • Four 2.2mm drill holes on a 46mm x 39mm square
  • Visible display dimensions: 50.4mm horizontal x 37.8mm vertical
  • Resolution: 320 RGB wide x 240 high
  • Dot pitch: 0.0525mm wide x 0.1575mm high
  • Display metal case dimensions: 60.73 x 45.07 x 2.54 mm

Part Numbers
MCM Part #:83-14399
Adafruit Part #:912
Package Specifications & Dimensions
Weight:0.025 lbs.
RoHS Comp:No
Warranty:30 days
Need to Return?
Length:4.75 in.
Width:3.5 in.
Height:1.5 in.
Shipping Information
Extra Shipping Charge:No
Drop Ship:No

Product Reviews Top

  • by CollyLord

    on 2/23/2013

    2.5" TFT Display - my review and project using it.

    Overall: 4.5 out of 5

    I'm using this display: 2.5" LCD Display with Composite input for Raspberry Pi MCM Part #: 83-14399 | Adafruit Industries Part #: 912 to make a battery powered, portable, wi-fi enabled, configuration for my Raspberry Pi running RaspBMC. With this setup, I now have a portable media center that can play anything and stream videos anywhere there's WiFi. I also use it to display or play any picture, music, or video I've stored on the 16MB SDcard. Power supply: Anker® Astro2 Dual USB Output 8400mAh Backup External Battery Pack - ( 2 USB 5V 1A / 2A ) I'm using the 2A socket for the RPi and the 1A socket for the TFT screen and have had no power problems. Also connected: Logitech® MK260 Wireless Desktop mouse and keyboard Model: 920-002950 | Radio Shack Catalog #: 26-1553 And for improved Wi-Fi reception, I'm using the Ourlink 300M USB WiFi with its 6.5" tall antenna. When I tried the mini-USB WiFi dongles, they just didn't get very good reception in weak hotspots. Note: The Ourlink WiFi device must be plugged into the upper USB socket on the RPi with the mouse/keyboard wireless dongle in the lower socket. They don't fit the other way around. I'm running the latest RaspBMC (mine self-updated last night, on Feb 21st, 2013) and have added the Program add-on "Network manager" to configure Wi-Fi in new hotspots.

    I am very pleased with the color on this tiny screen and the 320x240 resolution is sufficient for me to make out the menu items of XBMC's Confluence skin. Being familiar with their positions helps, I admit.

    Tip: my initial "mounting" to test this board with, is simply a piece of cardboard about 2.5" high by 6" long. I laid out the screen and circuit board end-to-end flat out on the length of cardboard and fastened them down, using eight thin 4" long zip ties to secure both ends of the display and two places across the circuitboard, one across the solidly fixed ribbon cable socket, and the other just inboard of the power/video socket. I ran the zip ties, up from under, across, then down, so all the rachet heads would be underneath the cardboard. It took two ties for each of the four hold-down straps - one above, and one below the cardboard. I'll arrange something much more protective, later. I just wanted to prevent any strains on the ribbon cable for now.

    The only thing I could have wished for, would have been a USB plug on the power leads. If there had been a power connector, I'd have rated it excellent. I'm still very, very pleased with it.

  • by jamesdinsmore_32907

    on 12/30/2012

    Works; but watch current surge demand

    Overall: 3.5 out of 5

    This is a nice little display assembly. At first I had trouble with it because I tried to run it off of a USB source; (since the specs said it operated from 4.5 to 15V), but it failed to boot up. It ran fine off of a battery pack of 6 AA cells; I attribute that not only to the higher voltage but also to the greater current the pack could supply (the in-rush current when it is first powered up). No surprise for a display this small, the text is unreadable from the Pi, even under a magnifying glass; my advice, pay a little more and get a 4 inch display. I'll probably end up using this for a ghost-hunting gadget rather than the Pi.