2.7 4-Digital 7-Segment Display


In this lesson, you will learn about the 4-Digital 7-Segment Display. It consists of four 7-segment displays working together so as to display 4 digit numbers.

Fritzing Circuit


Schematic Diagram




  • You can open the file 2.8_ledMatrix.ino under the path of sunfounder_vincent_kit_for_arduino\code\2.8_ledMatrix directly.

  • Or copy this code into Arduino IDE 1/2.

  • Then Upload the Code to the board.

  • Please make sure you have added the library called TimerOne, detailed tutorials refer to Add Libraries.

Code Analysis

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There are two points needing your attention:

  1. Because every segment display works independently in the 4-Digital 7-Segment Display, the principle of visual persistence is applied to quickly display every 7 segment character in turn to form a continuous character string.

Refer to 2.5 7-Segment Display to check the details of the number display of the 4-Digital 7-Segment Display.

  1. In this example, a library TimerOne.h is used to realize the function of counting.

#include "TimerOne.h"

Library Functions:

void initialize(long microsenconds=1000000)

You must call this method first to use any of the other methods. You can optionally specify the timer’s period here (in microseconds), by default it is set at 1 second.


This breaks analogWrite() for digital pins 9 and 10 on Arduino.

void attachInterrupt(void (*isr)(), long microseconds=-1);

Calls a function at the specified interval in microseconds. Be careful about trying to execute too complicated of an interrupt at too high of a frequency, or the CPU may never enter the main loop and your program will ‘lock up’. Note that you can optionally set the period with this function if you include a value in microseconds as the last parameter when you call it.

void detachInterrupte();

Disables the attached interrupt.

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