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Electronic Components that can be used in SimVimCockpit interface

Note: all links on this page are given as examples for information about components, some of the links can be non-relevant at the moment you visit the corresponding pages. Do NOT consider them as only places where you can buy these components!


1. Input Extension board (from $0.5 / piece)

This CD74HC4067 module (16-channel multiplexer) is essential for the system with large number of inputs and used as extension boards for inputs (and 7-segment displays) extensions in SimVimCockpit. CD74HC4067 can be found online for less than $1 for one board, here are some links as examples for reference:

CD74HC4067 Ebay Search results
Another board size, CD74HC4067 Ebay
CD74HC4067 AliExpress Search results
CD74HC4067 10pcs link

The most reliable way of wiring these extension modules is to place the board close to a group of switches and solder them with thin wires.



Registers, LED drivers (about $1 / piece)

This DM13A LED driver is used in SimVimCockpit Interface to provide multiple digital outputs (16 LEDs, relay, etc. for one driver). This IC is a register with a latch for 16 constant current LED outputs. Other similar drivers can be used too.

All driver ICs listed below are similar in functionality and pin mapping, so you can use any of them that are easier to get for you.

DM13A  (up to 60 mA) – example links on Ebay.
STAP16DPPS05   (up to40 mA for one output)
SM16126D  (up to45 mA) – example links on AliExpress.
DM134   (up to 90 mA) (also DM135 – 60 mA, DM136 – 15mA)
ST2221C   (up to 90 mA)
A6276   (up to 90 mA)
TB62726  (ANG / AFG)  (up to 90 mA) – example links on Ebay.
STP16CPC26  (up to 90 mA)
STP16CPS05  (up to 100 mA)
STP16C596  (up to120 mA)

Some of these ICs have DIP casing (DM13A, DM134, ST2221C), others may have SOP24 casing. But this is not a problem, using them is not so difficult with the SOP28 adapter listed above.


Option – 74HC595 Register breakout boards (+ resistors needed)

Instead of LED driver you can use 74HC595 register ICs or pre-made breakout boards with them. Unlike the DM13A driver, you need to solder resistors in series with LEDs to the board outputs. Also, these boards can be used for creating 7-segment displays.

Search Links for reference:

74HC595 breakout – Ebay Search results
74HC595 breakout – AliExpress Search results
AliExpress Search results


TLC5947 PWM controller (from $3 to $10 / piece)

This controller board is used with SimVimCockpit to control 24 separate channels of 12-bit PWM output. Designed for LED control, but you can use it for any other PWM-controlled devices – Moving-coil meters, DC motors (speed control), instruments lighting. Price – from $4 for one board (or up to $15 in brand stores).

Search Links for reference:

Adafruit online shop, TLC5947 board
TLC5947 ICs, to make your own board
AliExpress Search results
TLC5947 board – Ebay Search results
TLC5947 ICs, Mouser


Stepper Motor drivers (from $1-2 / piece)

Drivers for automotive gauge stepper motors

These controllers are specifically designed for low-power automotive gauge stepper motors and cost about $1 … $2 for chip.

VID6606, STI6606Z, AX1201728SG chips are the same and can drive 4 motors. 2STI6608 controller has 2 drivers and controls two stepper motors…

Search Links for reference:

VID6606 – AliExpress
STI6606Z – AliExpress
STI6608 – AliExpress
AX1201728SG – Ebay
AX1201728SG – AliExpress

Use these chips with SOP28 adapter board, described above.


Option – Stepper Driver board based on A3967SLB chip

The A3967SLB is a microstepping motor driver designed to operate bipolar stepper motors with output drive capability of 30 V and up to 750 mA current. Cost about $1.5 – $2. – “EasyDriver” A3967SLB controller board – AliExpress
“EasyDriver” A3967SLB controller board – Ebay search

This board can drive only one stepper motor, which can be powerful enough (up to 750 mA winding current), also it can be used (if you need it) for X27.x motors in quarter-step mode.

SOP/SSOP to DIP Adapter board (from $0.1 /piece)

This is a very useful “adapter” board for small SMD integrated circuits (having a surface-mount package). These cheap boards (about $ 0.1 for piece) will help you work comfortably with SMD chips, without the need to make or order PCBs for each device. You need to have basic soldering skills to install the chip on the adapter board.

Here are some links as examples for reference:

Ebay Search results
AliExpress Search results
5pcs SOP28 Adapter PCB

You can use the SOP28 board for VID6606 (AX1201728SG) quad driver chip, that allows you to make a breakout board for 4x X27.168 stepper motors, as described on this page.

It can be used for any SMD chips that may have 8…28 leads, for example, if you have 16-channel SM16126D LED driver in SMD casing (see links below). Unused pads on the board can serve for additional components – resistors, capacitors, etc.

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