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Offline David Pitts

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Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« on: October 01, 2014, 09:22:29 PM »
Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board).

This type of board was requested by Steve and Tony to run displays they have from the PI. Jon Back suggested the name. :)

This board connects directly to a Raspberry PI B or B+ and can control 32 - 16x32  or 16 - 32x32  RGB matrices. There will be four outputs. With 16x32 matrices you can daisy chain up to 8 boards on each output and with 32x32 you can daisy chain 4 boards. This board will receive sequence data from FPP that has been created in any sequencer that can be exported from Xlights.  The ordering of the matrix boards and mapping to sequence data will be configured in the FPP user interface.

Below are rendered pictures of the initial layout without routing. This board is pretty straight forward and one of the easier boards for me to layout. This board uses a Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA which is the same part being used on the FalconV2 board. Both the Falcon16v2 and this board has added a bit of fresh air to my desire to want to keep building. My favorite language to code in is VHDL and these are the first projects I have had the opportunity to use VHDL outside of my real job where I use it extensively to make video equipment. It is much nicer from a timing perspective to have ability to have multiple synchronous signals being created without worrying about whether or not the processor had the ability to handle it.

The connectors have been pushed out to the edge to allow room to be able to mount the 2x16 LCD display making the solution completely standalone.

Here is a link to some of the matrices sold by Adafruit.
https://learn.adafruit.com/32x16-32x32-rgb-led-matrix/overview

Ray also sells them. Maybe Tony or Steve can provide a link to the ones he sells.



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Re: Introducing the Falcon PI Matrix Board.
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2014, 10:01:06 PM »
See what you made me go and do....  Now I have to finish the plugin I was playing with the other night to display live video from a webcam on a matrix using FPP's Real-Time Pixel Overlay (aka Memory Mapped Channel Blocks for you v0.4.0 users) :)
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Re: Introducing the Falcon PI Matrix Board.
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2014, 10:01:17 PM »
Thanks for looking into this David!  I think the Pi-based solution will be both powerful and very affordable!
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Re: Introducing the Falcon PI Matrix Board.
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2014, 04:45:51 AM »
Well, it is a Matrix.

The Falcon Neo

(while not exhaustive or authoritative, a Google Search finds no conflicting TradeMarks for "Falcon Neo"
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Re: Introducing the Falcon PI Matrix Board.
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2014, 04:58:17 AM »
Well, it is a Matrix.

The Falcon Neo

I like that. Great name.

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Re: Introducing the Falcon PI Matrix Board.
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2014, 06:28:51 AM »
 looking Cool David, Humm I have four of the 16x32 boards and have put this on my list for 2015   ;D
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Re: Introducing the Falcon PI Matrix Board.
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2014, 02:43:57 PM »
Drool...

I will be adding this for next year for sure.

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Re: Introducing the Falcon PI Matrix Board.
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2014, 04:43:48 PM »
Now I have something to order from Ray. It may not get into the 2014 display but I can see a LOT of uses for non-Holiday.

16,384 pixels per FPGA. May need to get some testing in on the Master/Slave hookups. I've ignored that so far. :(

David - any suggested sizes or quantities of panels to better beta-test with?  Cabling?  Accessories that I might not have?

Any advantage of the 32x32 over the 32x16?  From a replacement/spares perspective, I'd be inclined to go with the 32x16.
Also - is P10 always going to be P10, regardless of vendor/seller?

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Re: Introducing the Falcon PI Matrix Board.
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2014, 05:05:48 PM »
P10 is the abreviation of 10mm led spacing.  I have 2 p6 panels that i got to play with that I am sending to David to test with.  P10 is the biggest panel available with single RGB LED.  Anything bigger goes to a tri led configuration instead of single LED configuration.

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Re: Introducing the Falcon PI Matrix Board.
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2014, 05:08:34 PM »
Here is a sample video of one type of setup

p10 tri color -led signs: http://youtu.be/4_ZKnC2S0FI

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Re: Introducing the Falcon PI Matrix Board.
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2014, 05:49:30 PM »
Here is another video

How to install LED display modules: http://youtu.be/vJyzqYfzAig

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Re: Introducing the Falcon PI Matrix Board.
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2014, 08:01:45 PM »
Here is another with p6 panels

LED installation Instructions LED Sign Display Sc: http://youtu.be/ct1R1xDK3-o

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Re: Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2014, 10:55:54 PM »
Updated layout with routing. Also I choose the name Jon Back suggested. I liked it, so did MyKroFt.



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