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Offline tmcteer

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Re: Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« Reply #30 on: October 04, 2014, 11:35:25 AM »
For a Frame this company makes single color display sign out of what looks to be the same 320mmX160mm panels. They may  sell individual kit parts. They also have warehouses in LA and Canada.

http://usa.asc365.com/newproductdetail.asp?productid=160090&typeid=1909

I'll call on Monday to see what they have.

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Re: Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« Reply #31 on: October 04, 2014, 11:45:05 AM »
Their YouTube videos is one of the ones i linked to above

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Re: Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« Reply #32 on: October 04, 2014, 02:01:54 PM »

My approach would probably be to get a 2x4 and dado in a slot for the panels to sit and another dado for some plexi in front

Does anyone have a take on how these panels would look in daylight?

I'll share my project here as I just finished a project with 4 - 16x32 panels to make a 32x64 matrix, and I used the dado approach, although it was 0.080" polycarbonate (lexan with UV protection both sides), so a single pass on the saw was enough to have it fit perfectly.  Feel free to move this post as I this is more sign building, and I didn't know you were working on a Matrix Board, so I used Ron's controller.

I'd be more than happy to do some daytime shots of the sign (P10 1/8 scan) tomorrow when the sun is out.

First pic is panels mounted to a piece of poly.




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Re: Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« Reply #33 on: October 04, 2014, 02:03:23 PM »
Power supply, controller and wiring ready to go into place


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Re: Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« Reply #34 on: October 04, 2014, 02:05:18 PM »
Poly Front to protect face of Matrix


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Re: Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« Reply #35 on: October 04, 2014, 02:08:18 PM »
sign slides in behind front poly.



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Re: Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« Reply #36 on: October 04, 2014, 02:10:39 PM »
Piece of HDPE sheet in the back, used to protect electrics, yet provide easy access to fix anything.  This was pretty flimsy, so I may get some thicker, stiffer material.



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Re: Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« Reply #37 on: October 04, 2014, 02:17:23 PM »
Finished sign from front.  I may have gone for a 64x96, but no controller was currently available, but maybe with the Falcon NEO that might be possible now!

A second sign might be a possibility NEXT year.  :)

If you needed someone to test a controller for ya, I could do that.

Another thing I remember reading when I made my sign, and that was to buy all your panels at the same time.  Sometimes they change slightly, so to ensure complete compatibility, best to buy all at once... and oh yea, one of the ribbon cables that came with my panels was wired the wrong way (ie. the keyed slot was not correct for pin 1).





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Re: Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« Reply #38 on: October 04, 2014, 04:04:14 PM »
Looks great gadget!

Have you tried it during the day yet? How bright is it? Can you read it in the sunlight?

Frank

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Re: Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« Reply #39 on: October 04, 2014, 06:03:20 PM »
Gadgetsmith - I see that you daisy chained your panels (starting at Ron's board, top left looking from behind), over to the right toward the Power Supply, then down, then over to the left.

The Horizontal arrows follow that pattern, but that makes the vertical arrows "oppose each other."  Have never assembled anything like this so I'm curious about the orientations. Your layout makes perfect sense but just curious about the arrow designators.

The best picture for this question is: http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,1341.msg14419.html#msg14419  (reply #33)
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Re: Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« Reply #40 on: October 04, 2014, 06:14:26 PM »
We will be supporting this type of matrix layout. In order to keep ribbon cable short it is best to daisy chain back. The PI with it's 800Mhz processor will be doing the address translation to make it easy on the FPGA. It is not a good use of the FPGA fabric to do complex data manipulation.
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Re: Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« Reply #41 on: October 04, 2014, 07:37:06 PM »
JonB256,
on my panels are daisy chained as Gadgetsmith show in his photo vertical arrows "oppose each other.",
I did have to make my own ribbon cable to go from top & bottom panels.
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Re: Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« Reply #42 on: October 04, 2014, 10:07:07 PM »
In my attached spreadsheet layouts, I'm looking at a 12 panel and a 4 panel layout. I have the panels numbered in what I think would be the Daisy Chain order.

Also, it looks like a single 5vdc supply would work for four panels. Would I need two supplies for 12 panels?

And, I believe a single Falcon NEO would be needed?

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Re: Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« Reply #43 on: October 04, 2014, 10:14:16 PM »
Yep one Neo.

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Re: Introducing the Falcon NEO (PI Matrix Board)
« Reply #44 on: October 04, 2014, 11:09:23 PM »
 JonB256
I think your panel-layout be like this ;)

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