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    Default FPP PB16 Pixel Controller

    As an open source software developer, I am a proponent of the open source movement. Because of this, I wanted to develop an open source pixel controller. The FPP PB16 Pixel Controller is the design I came up with. My intent is for the controller to be DIY build it yourself style and it should be easy to hand solder for most people. If you would like to build the controller, you have to get a PCB made (I recommend https://jlcpcb.com/) using the 'gerber.zip' file. You then have to order all the parts (minus the PCB) from digikey and Amazon. A full list of bill of materials (PB16_Bom.ods), is included in the github. I made 3D printable CG1500 mounts and included a link below. I have a couple blank PCB's if anyone is interest. If anyone has any feature request and/or design improvements, please let me know.

    I have uploaded all the design files to github and created a basic manual and assembly guide.

    Features:
    Powered by FPP Falcon Player
    PocketBeagle based
    16 3-Wire pixel ports
    700 pixel per output at 40 FPS or 1400 at 20 FPS
    2 DMX serial outputs
    USB port for ethernet, WIFI, or audio
    OLED display
    Adafruit real time clock header connector
    2 pin GPIO header for push button or relay support
    5v - 24v Vin support
    Expansion header for additional 16 pixel outputs

    Github: https://github.com/computergeek1507/PB_16

    Digikey BOM: https://www.digikey.com/short/pdnn7z

    CG1500 Mounts: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3829508

    PB_16_rev_C.jpg
    Last edited by scooter_seh; 10-30-2019 at 01:04 PM.

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    Default Re: FPP PB16 Pixel Controller

    How much you want for a board?

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    Default Re: FPP PB16 Pixel Controller

    A raw unpopulated PCB, would be $10 plus shipping.

    Quote Originally Posted by dim bulb View Post
    How much you want for a board?

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    Default Re: FPP PB16 Pixel Controller

    I have an F16v3, no plans to get rid of it but I qiykd like to build one of yours and test it. PM me with a way to pay for a board

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    Default Re: FPP PB16 Pixel Controller

    I am also interested. Group Buy? Testing and Research?

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    Default Re: FPP PB16 Pixel Controller

    At this point, I don't plan on selling complete controller. (might change my mind based on interest) I was thinking just selling raw PCB for now. I didn't know the rules on sales and this forum, so maybe a group buy if I am allowed.

    Quote Originally Posted by jcasterline View Post
    I am also interested. Group Buy? Testing and Research?
    Scott H.

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    Default Re: FPP PB16 Pixel Controller

    Still wanting one of the pcbs if ya was serious

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    Default Re: FPP PB16 Pixel Controller

    I tried PM'ing you but your inbox is full.


    Quote Originally Posted by dim bulb View Post
    Still wanting one of the pcbs if ya was serious
    Scott H.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter_seh View Post
    I tried PM'ing you but your inbox is full.
    Its empty now.

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    Default Re: FPP PB16 Pixel Controller

    Scott, this looks good. I ordered 5 boards and a BOM.

    This will be my first pixel controller; been doing the Pixlenet/SSC/uSC/Zeus/F16 thing for a while now. Should be a fun ride.
    I'll let you know how it goes.

    Don

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