Parallax 8x8 RGB LED Matrix Display Module

Parallax 8x8 RGB LED Matrix Display Module

Parallax Inc. | A-000000-00228
The 8x8 RGB LED Matrix Module from Parallax allows you to add color to your embedded projects. Thanks to its 64 LED capable of displaying more than 16 million colors you'll know what your robot has in mind. This module is entirely customizable and it can be controlled using a single I/O pin of your microcontroller. The default firmware provides functions for easily displaying characters, pictures and geometrical shapes.

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Overview of the Parallax 8x8 RGB LED Matrix Display Module

The 8x8 RGB LED Matrix Module from Parallax will allow you to enrich your microcontroller based projects and mobile robots with a real display. Each of its 64 RGB LED can display more than 16 million different colors, giving your projects the ability to convey rich information to the user. On top of the direct control of the LEDs, the factory firmware provides functions for displaying characters, pictures and geometrical shapes.

Several 8x8 RGB LED Matrix Modules can be connected together to extend the display surface. This module can be easily controlled from most microcontrollers as it relies on a serial protocol and needs only one I/O pin. Moreover, advanced users can extends its functionalities thanks to its programming port that allows you to replace the factory firmware by your own.

Two 8x8 RGB LED Matrix Modules connected togetherTwo 8x8 RGB LED Matrix Modules connected together (back side)

Features of the Parallax 8x8 RGB LED Matrix Display Module

  • Color coding using RGB-888 allowing for 16777216 different colors for each pixel
  • Firmware support for displaying 5x8 ASCII characters (8x16 with multiple modules)
  • 3-pin dual row headers, only 1 necessary for microcontroller communication
  • 4-pin header Prop Plug to reprogram the firmware or for direct control from a computer
  • Easy interconnection of multiple modules for larger display surface

Specifications of the Parallax 8x8 RGB LED Matrix Display Module

  • P8X32A Propeller microcontroller, 8 cores 10 MHz
  • 32 KB EEPROM memory for storing firmware and pictures
  • 3.3 V regulator
  • 3-pin dual row headers
  • Input voltage: 5.0 V
  • Current: 55 mA runtime, 150 mA startup
  • Communication: UART/TTL, 2400 to 115200 bps, 8N1
  • Dimensions: 3.8x3.8x1.8 cm
  • Operating temperature range: 0 to 70 °C

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