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Pico e-Paper 5.83
Pico e-Paper 5.83 B

5.83inch EPD Module for Raspberry Pi Pico,
648 × 480, Black / White /Red, SPI
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Overview

5.83inch EPD (Electronic Paper Display) Module For Raspberry Pi Pico, 648 × 480 Pixels, Black / White/ Red, SPI Interface

Features

  • No backlight keeps displaying last content for a long time even when power down.
  • Ultra-low power consumption, basically power is only required for refreshing.
  • SPI interface requires minimal IO pins.
  • 2 x user buttons and 1x reset button for easy interaction.

Specification

  • Operating voltage: 3.3V
  • Interface: SPI
  • Outline dimensions: 125.40mm x 99.50mm x 1.18mm
  • Display size: 119.232 (H) x 88.320 (V)
  • Dot pitch: 0.184 x 0.184mm
  • Resolution: 648 × 480 pixels
  • Display color: Black, white, red
  • Greyscale: 2
  • full refresh time: 20s
  • Refresh power: 26.4mW (typ.)
  • Standby current: <0.01uA (almost 0)
  • Viewing Angle: >170°

SPI Timing

1.54inch-e-paper-manual-1.png
Note: Different from the traditional SPI protocol, the data line from the slave to the master is hidden since the device only has a display requirement.

  • CS is slave chip select, when CS is low, the chip is enabled.
  • DC is data/command control pin, when DC = 0, write command, when DC = 1, write data.
  • SCLK is the SPI communication clock.
  • SDIN is the data line from the master to the slave in SPI communication.

SPI communication has data transfer timing, which is combined by CPHA and CPOL.

  1. CPOL determines the level of the serial synchronous clock at an idle state. When CPOL = 0, the level is Low. However, CPOL has little effect on transmission.
  2. CPHA determines whether data is collected at the first clock edge or at the second clock edge of the serial synchronous clock; when CPHL = 0, data is collected at the first clock edge.
  • There are 4 SPI communication modes. SPI0 is commonly used, in which CPHL = 0, CPOL = 0.

As you can see from the figure above, data transmission starts at the first falling edge of SCLK, and 8 bits of data are transferred in one clock cycle. Here, SPI0 is in used, and data is transferred by bits, MSB first.

RPi Pico

Hardware connection

Please take care of the direction when connecting Pico. A logo of the USB port is printed to indicate the directory, you can also check the pins.
If you want to connect the board by an 8-pin cable, you can refer to the table below

e-Paper Pico Description
VCC VSYS Power input
GND GND GND
DIN GP11 MOSI pin of SPI interface, data transmitted from Master to Slave.
CLK GP10 SCK pin of SPI interface, clock input
CS GP9 Chip select pin of SPI interface, Low active
DC GP8 Data/Command control pin (High: Data; Low: Command)
RST GP12 Reset pin, low active
BUSY GP13 Busy pin
KEY0 GP2 User button 0
KEY1 GP3 User button 1
RUN RUN Reset

You can just attach the board to Pico like the Pico-ePaper-2.13
Pico-ePaper-connect020.jpg

Setup Environment

You can refer to the guides for Raspberry Pi: https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/pico/getting-started/

Download Demo codes

Open a terminal of Pi and run the following command:

sudo apt-get install p7zip-full
cd ~
sudo wget  https://www.waveshare.com/w/upload/2/27/Pico_ePaper_Code.zip
unzip Pico_ePaper_Code.zip -d Pico_ePaper_Code
cd ~/Pico_ePaper_Code

You can also clone the codes from github

git https://github.com/waveshare/Pico_ePaper_Code
cd e-Paper/RaspberryPi_JetsonNano/

About the examples

The guides are based on Raspberry Pi.

C codes

The example provided is compatible for several types, you need to modify the main.c file, uncomment the definition according to the actual type of the display you get.
For example, if you have the Pico-ePaper-2.13, please modify the main.c file, uncomment line 18 (or maybe it is line 19).

E-paper for Pico use 1.png

Build the project:

cd ~/Pico_ePaper_Code/c

Create build folder and add the SDK. ../../pico-sdk is the default path of the SDK, if you save the SDK to other directory, please change it to the actual path.

mkdir build
cd build
export PICO_SDK_PATH=../../pico-sdk

Run cmake command to generate Makefile file.

cmake ..

Run the comamnd make to compile the codes.

make -j9
  • After compiling, the epd.uf2 file is generated. Next, press and hold the BOOTSEL button on the Pico board, connect the Pico to the Raspberry Pi using the Micro USB cable, and release the button. At this point, the device will recognize a removable disk (RPI-RP2).
  • Copy the epd.uf2 file just generated to the newly recognized removable disk (RPI-RP2), Pico will automatically restart the running program.

Python

  • First press and hold the BOOTSEL button on the Pico board, use the Micro USB cable to connect the Pico to the Raspberry Pi, then release the button. At this point, the device will recognize a removable disk (RPI-RP2).
  • Copy the rp2-pico-20210418-v1.15.uf2 file in the python directory to the removable disk (RPI-RP2) just identified.
  • Update Thonny IDE
sudo apt upgrade thonny
  • Open Thonny IDE (click on the Raspberry logo -> Programming -> Thonny Python IDE ), and select the interpreter:
    • Select Tools -> Options... -> Interpreter
    • Select MicroPython (Raspberry Pi Pico and ttyACM0 port.
  • Open the Pico_ePaper-xxx.py file in Thonny IDE, then run the current script (click the green triangle).

C Code Analysis

Bottom Hardware Interface

We package the hardware layer for easily porting to the different hardware platforms.
DEV_Config.c(.h) in the directory: Pico_ePaper_Code\c\lib\Config.

  • Data type:
#define UBYTE   uint8_t
#define UWORD   uint16_t
#define UDOUBLE uint32_t
  • Module initialize and exit:
void DEV_Module_Init(void);
void DEV_Module_Exit(void);
Note:
1. The functions above are used to initialize the display or exit handle.
  • GPIO Write/Read:
void DEV_Digital_Write(UWORD Pin, UBYTE Value);
UBYTE DEV_Digital_Read(UWORD Pin);
  • SPI transmits data
void DEV_SPI_WriteByte(UBYTE Value);

EPD driver

The driver codes of EPD is saved in the directory: Pico_ePaper_Code\c\lib\e-Paper
Open the .h header file, you can check all the functions defined.

  • Initialize e-Paper, this function is always used at the beginning and after waking up the display.
//2.13inch e-Paper、2.13inch e-Paper  V2、2.13inch e-Paper (D)、2.9inch e-Paper、2.9inch e-Paper (D)
void EPD_xxx_Init(UBYTE Mode); // Mode = 0 fully update, Mode = 1 partial update
//Other types
void EPD_xxx_Init(void);

xxx should be changed by the type of e-Paper, For example, if you use 2.13inch e-Paper (D), to fully update, ti shoule be EPD_2IN13D_Init(0) and EPD_2IN13D_Init(1) for partial update;

  • Clear: this function is used to clear the display to white.
void EPD_xxx_Clear(void); 

xxx should be changed by the type of e-Paper, For example, if you use 2.9inch e-Paper (D), it should be EPD_2IN9D_Clear();

  • Send the image data (one frame) to EPD and display
//Bicolor version
void EPD_xxx_Display(UBYTE *Image);
//Tricolor version
void EPD_xxx_Display(const UBYTE *blackimage, const UBYTE *ryimage);

There are several types which are different from others

//Paritial update for 2.13inch e-paper (D)、2.9inch e-paper (D)
void EPD_2IN13D_DisplayPart(UBYTE *Image);
void EPD_2IN9D_DisplayPart(UBYTE *Image);
//For 2.13inch e-paper V2, you need to first useEPD_xxx_DisplayPartBaseImage to display a static background and then partial update by the function EPD_xxx_DisplayPart()
void EPD_2IN13_V2_DisplayPart(UBYTE *Image);
void EPD_2IN13_V2_DisplayPartBaseImage(UBYTE *Image);
  • Enter sleep mode
void EPD_xxx_Sleep(void);

Note, You should only hardware reset or use initialize function to wake up e-Paper from sleep mode
xxx is the type of e-Paper, for example, if you use 2.13inch e-Paper D, it should be EPD_2IN13D_Sleep();

Application Programming Interface

We provide basic GUI functions for testing, like draw point, line, string, and so on. The GUI function can be found in the directory: RaspberryPi_JetsonNano\c\lib\GUI\GUI_Paint.c(.h).
E-paper Driver HAT GUI.png
The fonts used can be found in the directory: RaspberryPi_JetsonNano\c\lib\Fonts.
E-paper Driver HAT Fonts.png

  • Create a new image, you can set the image name, width, height, rotate angle and color.
void Paint_NewImage(UBYTE *image, UWORD Width, UWORD Height, UWORD Rotate, UWORD Color)
Parameters:
 	image : Name of the image buffer, this is a pointer;
 	Width : Width of the image;
 	Height: Height of the image;
 	Rotate: Rotate angle of the Image;
 	Color : The initial color of the image;
  • Select image buffer: You can create multiple image buffers at the same time and select the certain one and draw by this function.
void Paint_SelectImage(UBYTE *image)
Parameters:
 	image: The name of the image buffer, this is a pointer;
  • Rotate image: You need to set the rotation angle of the image, this function should be used after Paint_SelectImage(). The angle can be 0, 90, 180, or 270.
void Paint_SetRotate(UWORD Rotate)
Parameters:
 	Rotate: Rotate angle of the image, the parameter can be ROTATE_0, ROTATE_90, ROTATE_180, ROTATE_270.
【Note】Afer rotating, the place of the first pixel is different, we take 1.54inch e-paper as an example
SPI-epaper-C-0.png SPI-epaper-C-90.png SPI-epaper-C-180.pngSPI-epaper-C-270.png
  • Image mirror: This function is used to set the image mirror.
void Paint_SetMirroring(UBYTE mirror)
Parameters:
 	mirror: Mirror type if the image, the parameter can be MIRROR_NONE, MIRROR_HORIZONTAL, MIRROR_VERTICAL, MIRROR_ORIGIN.
  • Set the position and color of pixels: This is the basic function of GUI, it is used to set the position and color of a pixel in the buffer.
void Paint_SetPixel(UWORD Xpoint, UWORD Ypoint, UWORD Color)
Parameters:
 	Xpoint: The X-axis value of the point in the image buffer
 	Ypoint: The Y-axis value of the point in the image buffer
 	Color : The color of the point
  • Clear display: To set the color of the image, this function always be used to clear the display.
void Paint_Clear(UWORD Color)
Parameters:
 	Color: The color of the image
  • Color of the windows: This function is used to set the color of windows, it is always used for updating partial areas like displaying a clock.
void Paint_ClearWindows(UWORD Xstart, UWORD Ystart, UWORD Xend, UWORD Yend, UWORD Color)
Parameters:
 	Xpoint: The X-axis value of the start point in the image buffer
 	Ypoint: The Y-axis value of the start point in the image buffer
 	Xend: The X-axis value of the end point in the image buffer
 	Yend: The Y-axis value of the end point in the image buffer
 	Color: The color of the windows
  • Draw point: Draw a point at the position (X point, Y point) of the image buffer, you can configure the color, size, and style.
void Paint_DrawPoint(UWORD Xpoint, UWORD Ypoint, UWORD Color, DOT_PIXEL Dot_Pixel, DOT_STYLE Dot_Style)
Parameters:
 	Xpoint: X-axis value of the point.
 	Ypoint: Y-axis value of the point.
 	Color: Color of the point
 	Dot_Pixel: Size of the point, 8 sizes are available.
 	 	 typedef enum {
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_1X1  = 1,	// 1 x 1
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_2X2  , 		// 2 X 2
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_3X3  , 	 	// 3 X 3
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_4X4  , 	 	// 4 X 4
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_5X5  , 		// 5 X 5
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_6X6  , 		// 6 X 6
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_7X7  , 		// 7 X 7
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_8X8  , 		// 8 X 8
 	 	} DOT_PIXEL;
 	Dot_Style: Style of the point, it define the extednded mode of the point.
 	 	typedef enum {
 	 	   DOT_FILL_AROUND  = 1,		
 	 	   DOT_FILL_RIGHTUP,
 	 	} DOT_STYLE;
  • Draw the line: Draw a line from (Xstart, Ystart) to (Xend, Yend) in the image buffer, you can configure the color, width, and style.
void Paint_DrawLine(UWORD Xstart, UWORD Ystart, UWORD Xend, UWORD Yend, UWORD Color, LINE_STYLE Line_Style , LINE_STYLE Line_Style)
Parameters:
 	Xstart: Xstart of the line
 	Ystart: Ystart of the line
 	Xend: Xend of the line
 	Yend: Yend of the line
 	Color: Color of the line
 	Line_width: Width of the line, 8 sizes are available.
 	 	typedef enum {
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_1X1  = 1,	// 1 x 1
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_2X2  , 		// 2 X 2
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_3X3  ,		// 3 X 3
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_4X4  ,		// 4 X 4
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_5X5  , 		// 5 X 5
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_6X6  , 		// 6 X 6
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_7X7  , 		// 7 X 7
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_8X8  , 		// 8 X 8
 	 	} DOT_PIXEL;
 	 Line_Style: Style of the line, Solid or Dotted.
 	 	typedef enum {
 	 	 	 LINE_STYLE_SOLID = 0,
 	 	 	 LINE_STYLE_DOTTED,
 	 	} LINE_STYLE;
  • Draw a rectangle: Draw a rectangle from (Xstart, Ystart) to (Xend, Yend), you can configure the color, width, and style.
void Paint_DrawRectangle(UWORD Xstart, UWORD Ystart, UWORD Xend, UWORD Yend, UWORD Color, DOT_PIXEL Line_width, DRAW_FILL Draw_Fill)
Parameters:
 	Xstart: Xstart of the rectangle.
 	Ystart: Ystart of the rectangle.
 	Xend: Xend of the rectangle.
 	Yend: Yend of the rectangle.
 	Color: Color of the rectangle
 	Line_width: The width of the edges. 8 sizes are available.
 	 	typedef enum {
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_1X1  = 1,	// 1 x 1
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_2X2  , 		// 2 X 2
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_3X3  ,		// 3 X 3
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_4X4  ,		// 4 X 4
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_5X5  , 		// 5 X 5
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_6X6  , 		// 6 X 6
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_7X7  , 		// 7 X 7
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_8X8  , 		// 8 X 8
 	 	} DOT_PIXEL;
 	Draw_Fill: Style of the rectangle, empty or filled.
 	 	typedef enum {
 	 	 	 DRAW_FILL_EMPTY = 0,
 	 	 	 DRAW_FILL_FULL,
 	 	} DRAW_FILL;
  • Draw circle: Draw a circle in the image buffer, use (X_Center Y_Center) as center and Radius as radius. You can configure the color, width of the line, and the style of the circle.
void Paint_DrawCircle(UWORD X_Center, UWORD Y_Center, UWORD Radius, UWORD Color, DOT_PIXEL Line_width, DRAW_FILL Draw_Fill)
Parameters:
 	X_Center: X-axis of center
 	Y_Center: Y-axis of center
 	Radius: Radius of circle
 	Color: Color of the circle
 	Line_width: The width of arc, 8 sizes are available.
 	 	typedef enum {
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_1X1  = 1,	// 1 x 1
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_2X2  , 		// 2 X 2
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_3X3  ,		// 3 X 3
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_4X4  ,		// 4 X 4
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_5X5  , 		// 5 X 5
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_6X6  , 		// 6 X 6
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_7X7  , 		// 7 X 7
 	 	 	 DOT_PIXEL_8X8  , 		// 8 X 8
 	 	} DOT_PIXEL;
 	Draw_Fill: Style of the circle: empty or filled.
 	 	typedef enum {
 	 	 	 DRAW_FILL_EMPTY = 0,
 	 	 	 DRAW_FILL_FULL,
 	 	} DRAW_FILL;
  • Show Ascii character: Show a character in (Xstart, Ystart) position, you can configure the font, foreground, and background.
void Paint_DrawChar(UWORD Xstart, UWORD Ystart, const char Ascii_Char, sFONT* Font, UWORD Color_Foreground, UWORD Color_Background)
Parameters:
 	Xstart: Xstart of the character
 	Ystart: Ystart of the character
 	Ascii_Char:Ascii char
 	Font:  five fonts are avaialble:
 	 	font8:5*8
 	 	font12:7*12
 	 	font16:11*16
 	 	font20:14*20
 	 	font24:17*24
 	Color_Foreground: foreground color
 	Color_Background: background color
  • Draw string: Draw string at (Xstart Ystart), you can configure the fonts, foreground, and the background
void Paint_DrawString_EN(UWORD Xstart, UWORD Ystart, const char * pString, sFONT* Font, UWORD Color_Foreground, UWORD Color_Background)
Parameters:
 	Xstart: Xstart of the string
 	Ystart: Ystart of the string
 	pString: String
 	Font: five fonts are available:
 	 	font8:5*8
 	 	font12:7*12
 	 	font16:11*16
 	 	font20:14*20
 	 	font24:17*24
 	Color_Foreground: foreground color
 	Color_Background: background color
  • Draw Chinese string: Draw the Chinese string at (Xstart Ystart) of the image buffer. You can configure fonts (GB2312), foreground, and background.
void Paint_DrawString_CN(UWORD Xstart, UWORD Ystart, const char * pString, cFONT* font, UWORD Color_Foreground, UWORD Color_Background)
Parameters:
 	Xstart: Xstart of string
 	Ystart: Ystart of string
 	pString:string
 	Font: GB2312 fonts, two fonts are available  
 	 	font12CN:ascii 11*21,Chinese 16*21
 	 	font24CN:ascii 24*41,Chinese 32*41
 	Color_Foreground: Foreground color
 	Color_Background: Background color
  • Draw number: Draw numbers at (Xstart Ystart) of image buffer. You can select font, foreground, and background.
void Paint_DrawNum(UWORD Xpoint, UWORD Ypoint, int32_t Nummber, sFONT* Font, UWORD Color_Foreground, UWORD Color_Background)
Parameters:
 	Xstart: Xstart of numbers
 	Ystart: Ystart of numbers
 	Nummber:numbers displayed. It support int type and 2147483647 are the maximum supported
 	Font: Ascii fonts, five fonts are available:
 	 	font8:5*8
 	 	font12:7*12
 	 	font16:11*16
 	 	font20:14*20
 	 	font24:17*24
 	Color_Foreground: foreground
 	Color_Background: background
  • Display time: Display time at (Xstart Ystart) of image buffer, you can configure fonts, foreground, and background.
This function is used for partial updating. Note that some of the e-Paper don't support partial updates and you cannot use partial updates all the time, which will have ghosts problems and destroy the display.
void Paint_DrawTime(UWORD Xstart, UWORD Ystart, PAINT_TIME *pTime, sFONT* Font, UWORD Color_Background, UWORD Color_Foreground)
Parameters:
 	Xstart: Xstart of time
 	Ystart: Ystart of time
 	pTime: Structure of time
 	Font: Ascii font, five fonts are available
 	 	font8:5*8
 	 	font12:7*12
 	 	font16:11*16
 	 	font20:14*20
 	 	font24:17*24
 	Color_Foreground: foreground
 	Color_Background: background

FAQ

 Answer:
*【Working conditions】Temperature range: 0~50°C; Humidity range: 35%~65%RH
  • 【Storage conditions】: Temperature range: below 30°C; Humidity range: below 55%RH; Maximum storage time: 6 months
  • 【Transportation conditions】: Temperature range: -25~70°C; Maximum transportation time: 10 days
  • 【After unpacking】: Temperature range: 20°C±5°C; Humidity range: 50±5%RH; Maximum storage time: Assemble within 72 hours

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*Refresh mode
    • Global refreshing: The EPD will flicker several times during the refresh process (the number of flickers depends on the refresh time), and the flicker is to remove the afterimage to achieve the best display effect.
    • Local refreshing: The EPD has no flickering effect during the refresh process. Users who refresh locally note that after refreshing several times, should refresh globally to remove the residual image, otherwise the residual image problem will become more and more serious, or even damage the screen (currently only some black and white e-ink screens support partial brushing, please refer to product page description).
  • Refresh rate
    • During use, it is recommended that customers set the refresh interval of the e-ink screen to at least 180 seconds (except for products that support the local brush function).
    • During the standby process (that is, after the refresh operation), it is recommended that the customer set the e-ink screen to sleep mode, or power of operation (the power supply part of the ink screen can be disconnected with an analog switch) to reduce power consumption and prolong the life of the e-ink screen. (If some e-ink screens are powered on for a long time, the screen will be damaged beyond repair.)
    • During the use of the three-color e-ink screen, it is recommended that customers update the display screen at least once every 24 hours (if the screen remains the same screen for a long time, the screen burn will be difficult to repair).
  • Usage scene
    • The e-ink screen is recommended for indoor use. If you use it outdoors, you need to avoid direct sunlight on the e-ink screen and take UV protection measures at the same time. When designing e-ink screen products, customers should pay attention to determining whether the use environment meets the temperature and humidity requirements of the e-ink screen.
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 Answer:
Power on the development board for a long time, after each refresh operation, it is recommended to set the screen to sleep mode or directly power off processing, otherwise the screen may burn out when the screen is in a high voltage state for a long time.

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 Answer:
The border display color can be set by the Border Waveform Control register or the VCOM AND DATA INTERVAL SETTING register.

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 Answer:
Yes, but you need to re-initialize the electronic paper with software.

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 Answer:
The process of re-awakening the e-ink screen is actually the process of re-powering on, so when the EPD wakes up, the screen must be cleared first, so as to avoid the afterimage phenomenon to the greatest extent.

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 Answer:
Yes, you can also use the IIC pin external LM75 temperature sensor

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 Answer:
It may be caused by the unsuccessful spi driver 1. Check whether the wiring is correct 2. Check whether the spi is turned on and whether the parameters are configured correctly (spi baud rate, spi mode and other parameters).

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 Answer:
Ideally, with normal use, it can be refreshed 1,000,000 times (1 million times).

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