A development board for controlling P10 Led matrix panels with a microcontroller STM32.Designed by LIGHTWELL in Bulgaria
What is it? A development board for controlling P10 Led matrix panels with a microcontroller STM32. It works with the “DMD_STM32 with Unicode fonts support” library and can control about 80 P10 Led...Read More…
A development board for controlling P10 Led matrix panels with a microcontroller STM32. It works with the “DMD_STM32 with Unicode fonts support” library and can control about 80 P10 Led matrix panels.
This shield is for easily controlling P10 LED Matrix panels using with a board STMSTM32F103C8T6 (aka the Blue Pill). Assembly Required: This shield is a kit, but uses all through hole parts so is easily assembled.
It is designed to work with the DMD_STM32 with Unicode fonts support library.
NOTE: Please check out the libraries' Github page for more information.
The controller contacts that are not used for LED panels control are brought to the board. The microcontroller SERIAL-ports (1-3) are separately brought out, through which data can be transmitted to the controller.
The DMD-STM32 Shield has a free area with contacts, on which additional elements or sensors can be mounted. You can use one of two interfaces (SPI1 or SPI2) to control the LED panels.
The DMD-STM32 Shield provides places for installing a 3.3V-5.5V 74LCX245WMX bidirectional level converter chip to control the LED matrix.
Note: P10 LED panels work fine with 3.3V logic levels, but do not use a long ribbon cable to connect the DMD-STM32 Shield to the panel (<15 cm).
The microcontroller is powered from 3.3 V, therefore the board is equipped with an AMS1117 voltage converter (5V to 3.3V).
Controlling LED panels requires a lot of microcontroller resources, so the computational resources of Arduino or ESP are not enough to control large LED screens. The use of an STM32 microcontroller allows you to control very large LED screens (up to 80 panels). The panels are only about $8 from aliexpress.
“DMD_STM32 with Unicode fonts support” library also allows you to use various national fonts (Cyrillic, Arabic, etc.) and even create them yourself using "Excel fonts editor-converter for Adafruit, UTFT, Squix, ILI9341_t3, OLED_I2C"!
There is quite a bit of wiring to connect LED matrix panels up and also they are a little awkward to power. This board makes wiring them really simple! The board just slots directly onto the input header pin, uses the ribbon cable that comes provided with most of these panels to connect the pins of the output header and has screw terminals to connect the power cable that comes with most panels.
The use of an STM32 microcontroller allows you to control very large LED screens. The information displayed on the screen can be obtained from additional sensors or via the Serial port of the STM32 board.
This really makes using the display as simple as possible. Making use of the cables that comes with the display allows the board to be smaller and less expensive. There are free zone with contacts on board for mounting various sensors or drivers.
Each DMD-STM32 Shield is a kit and comes with the following:
DMD-STM32 Shield PCB
10uF 25V Capacitor
100uF 25V Capacitor
One 16 pin male header (2x8)
Voltage converter 5V to 3.3V AMS1117 (option)
2Pin Plug-in Screw Terminal Block Connector 5.08mm
The following components are not provided, but may are required to use this board.
To assemble the boards, place the parts on the PCB as indicated by the markings on the PCB. All parts are places on the top of the PCB (as seen in the photos above).
STMSTM32F103C8T6 is placed on the board in accordance with the marking (USB).
NOTE: Please pay attention to the polarity of the capacitor and the direction you are soldering the connectors!
Insert the ribbon cable that came with the display into the connector on the shield, insert the other end into the connector of the LED matrix panel.
Plug the power wire that came with the display into the power pins of the panel. Attach the power wires to the 2Pin screw terminals on the shield (Pay close attention to the polarity!)
DMD-STM32 Shield require a 5V power supply capable of doing roughly 500mA of current.
Use a separate 5V 20 - 40A adapter directly to the panel (depends on the number of LED panels).
To use the display you will need to install the DMD_STM32 with Unicode fonts support library. It can be installed from the Arduino library manager or download directly.
If you want use SPI 1:
define DMD_PIN_A PB11
define DMD_PIN_B PB12
define DMD_PIN_nOE PB1
define DMD_PIN_SCLK PB10
SPIClass dmd_spi(1); // We'll use SPI 1
DMD dmd(DMD_PIN_A, DMD_PIN_B, DMD_PIN_nOE, DMD_PIN_SCLK, DISPLAYS_ACROSS, DISPLAYS_DOWN, dmd_spi);
If you want use SPI 2:
define DMD2_PIN_A PB8
define DMD2_PIN_B PB9
define DMD2_PIN_nOE PB0
define DMD2_PIN_SCLK PA8
DMD dmd2(DMD2_PIN_A, DMD2_PIN_B, DMD2_PIN_nOE, DMD2_PIN_SCLK, DISPLAYS_ACROSS, DISPLAYS_DOWN, dmd_spi2);
|KIT 1||KIT 2|
|PCB with soldered converter 5V to 3.3V AMS1117 and all elements and connectors for connecting the LED Matrix panel (capacitors, connectors)||PCB with soldered all elements and connectors for connecting the LED Matrix panel (capacitors, connectors) without converter 5V to 3.3V AMS1117|
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