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Maxim’s new Flexible Reference Design enables interactive 16×16 LED Displays

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Maxim Integrated Products rolls out Arduino and ARM mbed platforms adaptable 16×16 display reference design. The MAXREFDES99# tailored for Hobbyists and makers touted to communicate many international alphanumeric characters in comparison to traditional 8×8 LED displays.

The new reference design integrates four MAX7219 LED drivers to provide designers a 16×16 display with 256 LEDs, allowing them to create signs in multiple languages.

Key Advantages

Flexible: Provides 16×16 dot matrix display for signs in multiple languages

Reliable: Integrates time-tested MAX7219 LED drivers for long-life signage

Easy to Use: Compatible with Arduino and ARM mbed platforms for quick prototyping

Citing on the new commencement, David Andeen, Director of Reference Designs at Maxim Integrated said, “16×16 displays are becoming more common building blocks and are the future of LED signage. “With this new reference design and readily available code, sign developers and makers can immediately start displaying their LED creations.”

The MAX7219 driver simplifies the process of controlling multiple LEDs in matrix or numeric display form. Developers are encouraged to build upon and enhance the code base for more signage possibilities.

Availability and Pricing

The MAXREFDES99# reference design is available for $49 at Maxim’s website and select franchised distributors. Hardware and firmware design files, as well as test data, are provided free and available online.

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