Kick-*** display I found on eBay.
Hey everybody.. look what I found on eBay: a <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=176482862">12 x 40 VFD</a>! Yes, you read that right -- 12 lines by 40 characters. The characters are each dot matrix 5 x 7 plus underline. I've never seen a character VFD of this size. Naturally, I bid, and got it for $5. That's less than the price of shipping (which is way too high, mind you) for the item. Now, I have to figure out how to interface.. it doesn't have a controller IC or anything.. oh well, it was too good to pass up. Anybody know anything about it? I already e-mailed <A href="http://www.noritake-elec.com/">Noritake</a> (the makers of Itron VFDs). I've dealt with them before, and they're usually pretty helpful. I thought I would post this up here, just to gloat.
Hell of a Find. Lucky I didn't see it or you would've been outbid :-)
Good Luck with interfacing it.