Hein (fub) wrote,

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Nixie clock

Of course, I intend to use a microcontroller for my nixie clock. Keeping time and driving other chips to drive the nixies is pretty easy when you can program whatever you want into the chip. Some people think this is 'cheating', and use only non-programmable components in their clocks.

Some people think even that is cheating: if you're going to use tubes for the display, why not use tubes for the controller logic as well? Not these new-fangled things like transistors in a chip!
Of course, that yields a monstrous clock -- see this page, and scroll all the way down!

(And if you don't care about nixies, but do like tube-driven amplifiers, there's enough stuff on that page to make it worth a visit anyway.)
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