NEW PRODUCT – Adafruit RGB Matrix HAT + RTC for Raspberry Pi – Mini Kit

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NEW PRODUCT – Adafruit RGB Matrix HAT + RTC for Raspberry Pi – Mini Kit


You can now create a dazzling display with your Raspberry Pi Model A+/B+ with the Adafruit RGB Matrix HAT. This HAT plugs into your Pi and makes it super easy to control RGB matrices such as those we stock in the shop and create a colorful scrolling display or mini LED wall with ease.

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This HAT is our finest to date, full of some really great circuitry. Let me break it down for you:

  • Simple design – plug in power, plug in IDC cable, runs our Python code!
  • Power protection circuitry – you can plug a 5V 4A wall adapter into the HAT and it will automatically protect against negative, over or under-voltages! Yay for no accidental destruction of your setup.
  • Onboard level shifters to convert the RasPi’s 3.3V to 5.0V logic for clean and glitch free matrix driving
  • DS1307 Real Time Clock can keep track of time for the Pi even when it is rebooted or powered down, to make for really nice time displays

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Works with any of our 16×32, 32×32 or 32×64 RGB LED Matrices with HUB75 connections. You can even chain multiple matrices together for a longer display, you can chain as many as you like but the bigger the display the harder it is on the Pi so keep that in mind! We don’t recommend more than 32×128 pixel setups

Please note: this HAT is only for use with HUB75 type RGB Matrices. Not for use with NeoPixel, DotStar, or other ‘addressable’ LEDs.

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Each order comes with a HAT PCB with all surface mount parts assembled, a 2×20 female socket connector, a 2 pin terminal block, and a 2×8 IDC socket connector. A CR1220 coin cell is not included to make air shipping easier, please order one separately if you do not have one and would like to use the real time clock.

RGB Matrix is not included, please check out our fine selection!

A 5V power supply is also required, not included, for power the matrix itself, the Pi cannot do it, to calculate the power, multiply the width of all the chained matrix by 0.06 : A 32 pixel wide matrix needs 32*0.06 = 3.85A so pick up a 5V 4A power supply.

Raspberry Pi not included (but we have ’em in the shop so pick one up, model A+ or B+ only!)

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Some light soldering is required to attach the headers to your Pi. A soldering iron and solder are required, but it’s not a complex soldering job and most beginners can do it in about 15 minutes.

Check out our full tutorial with schematics, wiring diagrams, instructions and a Python library so you can get drawing fast!

In stock and shipping now!


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