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Chipkit and 8×8 LED matrix

by shedboy71

In this example we again use the MAX7219 but this time we will be driving an 8×8 LED matrix like the following module

The MAX7219/MAX7221 are compact, serial input/output common-cathode display drivers that interface microprocessors (µPs) to 7-segment numeric LED displays of up to 8 digits, bar-graph displays, or 64 individual LEDs. Included on-chip are a BCD code-B decoder, multiplex scan circuitry, segment and digit drivers, and an 8×8 static RAM that stores each digit. Only one external resistor is required to set the segment current for all LEDs.

The MAX7221 is compatible with SPI™, QSPI™, and MICROWIRE™, and has slewrate-limited segment drivers to reduce EMI.
A convenient 4-wire serial interface connects to all common µPs. Individual digits may be addressed and updated without rewriting the entire display. The MAX7219/MAX7221 also allow the user to select codeB decoding or no-decode for each digit.

Here is a picture of the module
AliExpress.com Product – 15963 Free Shipping MAX7219 Dot Led Matrix Module MCU LED Display Control Module Kit For Arduino

Code

You will need the LedControl library – http://wayoda.github.io/LedControl/pages/software.html

#include "LedControl.h"
 
/*
 Now we need a LedControl to work with.
 ***** These pin numbers will probably not work with your hardware *****
 pin 7 is connected to the DataIn 
 pin 6 is connected to the CLK 
 pin 5 is connected to LOAD 
 We have only a single MAX72XX.
 */
LedControl lc=LedControl(7,6,5,1);
 
 
void setup()
{
// the zero refers to the MAX7219 number
lc.shutdown(0,false);// turn off power saving
lc.setIntensity(0,4);// sets brightness (0~15 possible values)
lc.clearDisplay(0);// clear screen
}
 
void loop()
{
for (int row=0; row<8; row++)
{
for (int col=0; col<8; col++)
{
lc.setLed(0,col,row,true); // turns on LED at col, row
delay(25);
}
}
 
for (int row=0; row<8; row++)
{
for (int col=0; col<8; col++)
{
lc.setLed(0,col,row,false); // turns off LED at col, row
delay(25);
}
}
}

Links

MAX7219 Dot Led Matrix Module MCU LED Display Control Module Kit For Arduino

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