LCD Driver Pinout for Honda CD

After a few wrong turns, I think I have a good grasp of the interface for talking with the audio (CD player) portion of a Honda Accord dashboard. This circuit board also includes HVAC (heating/ventilation/air conditioning) controls, though I investigated only their knobs and ignored the electronics. This page is a summary of my investigation into interfacing with audio controls.


There are at least three independent circuits present.

  1. Panel backlight using small incandescent (filament) bulbs with a blue cover. Draws 0.6A at14.4V DC.
  2. LCD backlight draws 0.2A at 14.4V DC.
  3. Digital communication with Sanyo LC75883 LCD driver chip, which is a 5V part. We can send data to control LCD segment display and use it to read data for most of the button presses.
1LAMP+BPower for panel light bulbs, up to +14.4V relative to LAMP-RET.
2LAMP+BPower for panel light bulbs, up to +14.4V relative to LAMP-RET.
3LAMP-RETReturn for panel light bulbs.
4LAMP-RETReturn for panel light bulbs.
5LCDLAMP+BPower for LCD backlight, up to +14.4V relative to LCDLAMP-RET.
6LCDLAMP-RETReturn for LCD backlight.
10IS BUS FRAMEUnknown.
11IS BUS DATAUnknown.
13IGN-DETUnknown. (Ignition Detect?)
14SWD-VDD+5V power supply for LC75883.
15D-GND(Digital?) ground.
16LCD-DIData in from LC75883 chip. (Wired to LC75883 DO pin.)
17LCD-DOData out to LC75883 chip. (Wired to LC75883 DI pin.)
18LCD-CLKLC75883 Clock.
19LCD-RSTLC75883 Resets when pulled to 0V. Pull to 5V for normal operation, do not leave floating.
20LCD-CELC75883 Chip Enable.
21ENC VOL-DNOne of two quadrature encoder phases for central audio control knob.
22ENC VOL-UPOne of two quadrature encoder phases for central audio control knob.
23EJECTNormally open, shorts to ground when “Eject” button is pressed.
24PW SWNormally open, shorts to ground when “Power” button is pressed.


All control for LCD segment and key scanning for most of the buttons are handled by a Sanyo LC75883 chip. It communicates with a Sany proprietary protocol called CCB (Computer Control Bus) that has some resemblance to I2C or SPI but is neither. It listens on address 0x42 for bits indicating which LCD segments should be active, and reports on address 0x43 indicating which buttons were pressed. I have an Arduino sketch (target device: AVR ATmega328P based Arduino Nano) that demonstrates how to interact with the LC75883. Pressing the “Mode” button will cycle between the basic “turn all segments on” program, a bit pattern “drawing” program, and an animated demo.

This Arduino sketch for this investigation is publicly available on GitHub.

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