I'm interested in interfacing an LCD screen to a microcontroller, maybe a PIC or AVR or even JStamp.
I just noticed today that Dell's 24" flat panel retails for $1200 and can be had on ebay for $900. Why is that a 6-7" LCD display still costs $400!? Thats around 1/3 the retail price for 10% of the pixels. Is it because the support circuitry is expensive, or because we're buying from a niche market?
Anyway, the above got me to thinking. Now that flat panels at large sizes are so cheap, there must be old flat panels people are getting rid of. So I want to experiment with interfacing to a VGA flat panel at either 320x200 or 640x400. It appears that generating the timing signals in software is difficult and an imperfect solution. Are there any cheapo chipsets that will get the job done? Ideally I'd be able to write to a video buffer with a PIC...fast drawing isn't a requirement, just a reasonable resolution, 8-bit image.