While cleaning out one of my many piles o' parts I came across two display units, acquired at a couple of hamfests a while back. I have no idea how to talk to them, but I figure maybe one of you clever people has an idea of where/how to begin.
The first one is a 6 line x 40 character VFD display. It was built in 1986, according to the date stamped on one of the boards (it's a 3-layer sandwich). Two connectors on the board edge, one with 5 wires (orange/green/black/yellow/white), the other has 8 green wires, 2 orange, 2 black (plus 2 black wires that jumper a couple of pins in the connector). There are cables connected, with no connectors at the other end -- it was probably sliced out of some larger piece of equipment.
The second unit is a 2-layer sandwich. The display is made of 5 7x8 LED matrices -- one board with 3 units, one with 2. Both boards are daisy-chained together, and connected to a controller board. The board has a (leaky) battery, a couple of big caps, a Z80 processor and assorted support chips. There's also an RJ11 jack, which I'm thinking is a serial connector.
I can bring both units along to Wed's meeting if anyone wants to take a look.
73 de KC0DZY