And if you're not that good with them, get converters with the I2C interface and google for "i2c bit-banging" to control them, fewer wires to keep track of.
Originally Posted by darkdrag0nlq
Edit to add: Thanks, you got me triggered so I ended up looking for stuff for my own projects at Maxim1 when I noticed they have free samples of many of their chips which would be ideal for me as I don't need more than two anyway.
1) I am not affiliated with them and is providing the link because it look like it may just be possible to get something for free there.
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