The RGB Matrix Backpack is a small board that connects to the back of an RGB LED matrix panel. Compatible panels include:
Adafruit 16x32 RGB LED matrix panel
Adafruit 32x32 RGB LED matrix panel (6mm pitch)
It is a very convenient way to control these awesome panels. The new "v2" version of this board works on both 16x32 and 32x32 panels! The board is simply a small Arduino. You can easily program the board using the Arduino IDE. As you can see from the video below, it's possible to create great color animations, completely in Arduino programming!
To program the board, you'll need one of our FTDI USB-Serial adapter cables to connect to the board's 6-pin serial connector (more info below). Or you can program the ATMega328 chip using your Arduino board and move the chip to the RGB Matrix Backpack for testing.
|The board snaps onto the back of the panel and provides power to the panel through the terminal block connections. The board should be powered by one of our 2A 5V regulated power adapters.|