Adafruit_Protomatter is a C library (with Arduino and CircuitPython front-ends) for driving RGB LED matrices. This guide is mostly to assist with porting Adafruit_Protomatter to new hardware. Like a nebula birthing new stars, Protomatter is an early stop for new microcontrollers on their way to full CircuitPython support…it’s sometimes easier to start off in the Arduino realm.
We already have one such library — RGBmatrixPanel for Arduino — it’s older code that works fine for AVR chips (and a couple others) but saddled with some limitations. Protomatter isn’t exceptionally clever or 1337, it’s just aiming to get the job done with minimal fuss on a range of modern hardware. Support is in place for SAMD21 and ’51, nRF52840, ESP32 and STM32F405, while Teensy 4 is in progress…
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