Adafruit RGB Matrix Shield for Arduino

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Adafruit RGB Matrix Shield for Arduino


Our RGB matricies are dazzling, with their hundreds or even thousands of individual RGB LEDs. Compared to NeoPixels, they've got great density, power usage and the price-per-LED can't be beat. But...(isn't there always a but?) You need to use our special library to control them and they require a bunch of wires to be plugged in. Tougher than a single-wire connection for sure.

If you've got an Arduino-compatible board, with an ATmega328p chip (like our Metro 328) or SAMD21 (like the Metro M0) or even SAMD51 (like our Metro M4) this shield will make usage a snap! A little light soldering to attach the headers, connector and terminal block and you're ready to rock. Plug it onto your microcontroller board, and you'll be able to attach any RGB matrix with ease. This shield just takes care of the wiring for you!

For 800mA or less power usage on the matrix you can even 'borrow' the 5V power from the Arduino's regulator. This isn't good for projects where you have a lot of LEDs on at once but for scrolling text and light LED usage it will make wiring even easier because you dont need a separate power adapter. Of course, if you need 1 Amp or more, just use the 2x8 connector for data and use a separate 5V 2A or 5V 4A wall adapter directly to the panel.

Note that this shield is just a wiring adapter, if you have a Metro 328 you can only use 16x32 or possibly 32x32 matrices before you run out of RAM. For big panels, use a Metro M0 or M4 - those will work best thanks to their enormous RAM.

Please note our Arduino library only supports 32-pixel tall matrices, so don't try using a 64x64 matrix, it doesn't work!


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Cheap Goed aanpasbaar Verkeerde headers inbegrepen Voedingsconnector zinloos Geen ISCP header.
It is a board with which you can make a suitable Matrix shield, but it has the necessary hooks and eyes. Because you get m bald it is still useful. What goes wrong: - You should leave out the 5V socket. Adafruit 's connection instructions for the voltage are nonsense: buy a Meanwell power supply and screw the terminals directly onto it. Don't mess with a female-EIAJ socket. - I replace the headers with stacking headers from this package Arduino -r3-compatible - Then you immediately have an SPI/ISCP header, which is missing - The pin configuration is rarely useful. Fortunately, you can cut through the solder pads and solder 2 rows of 8 pin female headers so that you can use jumper cables to customize the layout. For optimal functioning, pins R1,R2,G1,G2,B1,B2 and CLK must be on 1 byte of a hardware port. And they are different per plate.
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