NEW PRODUCT – Small 1.2 8×8 Bi-Color (Red/Green) Square LED Matrix [BL-M12A883DUG-11]
NEW PRODUCT – Small 1.2 8×8 Bi-Color (Red/Green) Square LED Matrix [BL-M12A883DUG-11]. Make a scrolling sign, or a small video display with this 8×8 gridded bi-color LED matrix. Only 1.2″ on a side, it is quite visible but not so large it wont plug into a breadboard! 128 LEDs are contained in the plastic body, 64 red 320mcd and 64 green, in an 8×8 matrix. Every grid has two LEDs inside so you can have it display red, green, yellow or with fast multiplexing any color in between. This display is bright, beautiful and funky with nice diffused square lenses for a striking look. There are 24 pins on the side, 12 on each, with 0.1″ spacing so you can easily plug it into a breadboard with one row on each side for wiring it up.
Since the display is in a grid, you’ll need to 1:8 multiplex control it. We suggest either using two 74HC595s and TPIC6B595 (using the 74HC’ to control the 16 anodes at once and then using the TPIC’ to drive one cathode at a time) or using two MAX7219 which will do the multiplexing work for you.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.