March 28, 2014 AT 4:00 am

NEW TUTORIAL: Connecting a 16×32 RGB LED Matrix Panel to a Raspberry Pi #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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NEW TUTORIAL: How to connect a 16×32 RGB LED display to your Raspberry Pi: Everyone loves a colorful LED screen! Our 16×32 RGB LED display is a low cost, and easy-to-use arrangement of bright LEDs – just like the ones used in Times Square! This display makes a fantastic addition to your Raspberry Pi. It is pretty easy to wire up, but the display is quite demanding when it comes to getting it to display something…luckily this tutorial has all the code you need to get blinky.

This tutorial is based on this one by Henner Zeller but as well as using Henner’s C code to drive the display, we will also experiment (with limited success) in driving the display using Python.

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See the full tutorial here!


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Medium 16×32 RGB LED matrix panel: Bring a little bit of Times Square into your home with this 16 x 32 RGB LED matrix panel. These panels are normally used to make video walls, here in New York we see them on the sides of busses and bus stops, to display animations or short video clips. We thought they looked really cool so we picked up a few boxes of them from a factory. They have 512 bright RGB LEDs arranged in a 16×32 grid on the front. On the back there is a PCB with two IDC connectors (one input, one output: in theory you can chain these together) and 12 16-bit latches that allow you to drive the display with a 1:8 scan rate. Read more.


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