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Posted on Feb 5, 2014

The LED moving font is built up of separate modules consisting of 64 LEDs each (8x8 matrix). The modules can be cascaced according to the desired size of the font. Each module is controlled by the LED display driver MAX7219 (or MAX7221) which can drive 64 LEDs. The display data is transferred serially to this display driver via the pins DIN, CLK and LOAD.

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The pin DOUT can be connected to the input DIN of the following display driver, all CLK and all LOAD pins are connected together. The datasheet is available on Maxim`s homepage. The modules are controlled by an 8051-compatible microcontroller AT89C51 (LED moving font controller variant 1) or AT89C2051 (LED moving font controller variant 2) from Atmel which provide 4 kB or 2kB flash memory on-chip. The LED display driver MAX 7219 CNG is available from Reichelt or Segor, a free sample can be ordered on the homepage of Maxim. The LED display driver is mounted together with a LED module (8x8 matrix) on the LED module PCB. The display text is stored in a EEPROM. The text can be downloaded via a serial RS232 connection from a PC. From the PC a text file containing the text is sent. The baudrate can also be set to 600 Baud (via additional jumper), because some PCs have problems with hardware handshaking, which would be necessary at 1200 or 9600 Baud download speed. Dependent on the storage size of the EEPROM up to 2045 characters can be stored. It is also possible to store the text in the flash ROM of the microcontroller. But then it is necessary to reassemble the program code if the text is changed and to reprogram the flash ROM. If an EEPROM is used, changes of the text can be done easily via serial downloading. A maximum of 11 LED modules (each module consisting of 8x8 LEDs) can be used. The moving font is already working with...

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