New in the Maker Shed: TFT Touch Shield

New in the Maker Shed: TFT Touch Shield

This big, gorgeous 2.8″ TFT touchscreen display from the Maker Shed is sure to add some flare to your next Arduino project. It’s capable of displaying 262,000 different colors with 240 x 320 pixels so pictures will be nice and sharp. The built in resistive touchscreen is capable of tracking your finger anywhere on the screen so you can use the display as an input device. An on-board microSD slot lets you load pictures and graphics with ease. The Touch Shield comes pre-soldered and tested so you can be up and running quickly. Check out the full tutorial for more ideas.


  • 2.8″ diagonal LCD TFT display
  • 240×320 resolution, 18-bit (262,000) color
  • ILI9325 or ILI9328 controller with built in video RAM buffer
  • 8 bit digital interface, plus 4 control lines
  • Uses digital pins 5-13 and analog 0-3. That means you can use digital pins 2, 3 and analog 4 and 5. Pin 12 is available if not using the microSD
  • Works with any Arduino ‘328 (Mega not supported yet)
  • 5V compatible! Use with 3.3V or 5V logic
  • Onboard 3.3V @ 300mA LDO regulator
  • 4 white LED backlight. On by default but you can connect the transistor to a digital pin for backlight control
  • 4-wire resistive touchscreen


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