P10 Matrix Panel Shield for Arduino Nano

A development board for Arduino Nano that connects to a single or dual color P10 LED Matrix panel 32×16 pixels.
This shield is designed to work with DMD (by Marc Alexander, Freetronics), DMD2 (by Angus Gratton) and LEDP10 (by electroons.com) libraries.

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Description

A development board for Arduino Nano that connects to a single or dual color P10 LED Matrix panel 32×16 pixels.
This shield is designed to work with DMD (by Marc Alexander, Freetronics), DMD2 (by Angus Gratton) and LEDP10 (by electroons.com) libraries.

What is it?

One or dual color P10 matrix panel with 512 bright LEDs arranged in 16 rows and 32 columns. The data and control signal pins are accessible through a HUB12 (8×2 IDC) connector. It requires 7 digital I/O pins  of Arduino Nano for full control. Most displays module comes with necessary cables (a ribbon cable and a power cable). 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.

P10 MATRIX PANEL SHIELD Features:

  •  Compatible with DMD, DMD2 and LEDP10  libraries
  • On board one 16 pin male header (2×8).
  • Operates at 5V (4A rated power supply is recommended)
  • On board free zone with contacts for mounting various sensors or drivers
  • Dimensions are 95mm x 35mm

What will you get in the package?

Each P10 LED Matrix panel Shield is a kit and comes with the following:

  1. P10 LED Matrix panel Shield PCB
  2. 10uF 25V Capacitor
  3. 16 pin male header (2×8)
  4. Pin Plug-in Screw Terminal Block Connector 5.08mm

What is NOT included?

The following components are not provided, but are required to use this board.

  1. LED Matrix Panel module P10 320*16mm 32*16 pixels Indoor/indoor DIP – $5.5 from Aliexpress http://got.by/4ekfyj (single color), http://got.by/4ekgm2 (dual color)
  2. Power supply 5V – $8 from Aliexpress http://got.by/4ekh09
  3. Arduino Nano Mini USB Development Board –  ~ $2 on Aliexpress http://got.by/4ekhzu

Board assembly

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).
Arduino Nano Development Board 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!

Connecting the shield to the P10 LED matrix

Insert the ribbon cable that came with the display into the “Pout” connector on the shield, insert the other end into the “Output” connector of the 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!)

Powering the P10 Matrix panel Shield

These LED displays require a 5V power supply capable of doing roughly 4A of current
Use the 2×8 connector for data and use a separate 5V 2A or 5V 4A adapter directly to the panel.

Using the display

To use the display you will need to install the following libraries:

It can be installed from the Arduino library manager or download directly.
Example sketch of using the board can be found in example directory of libraries

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 95 × 35 × 10 mm
Type MC

Arduino Nano

Power

5V