Another Led sign design!

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Hi
I want to use spartan 3AN devices to build a led sign. I have a question. can i use the fpga ports to derive the leds directly.i want to turn 128 leds on with 128 outputs of the device simultaneously each capable of driving 24ma to each led. is that possible? is there any limitations
thanks for you replies.

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Read the datasheet? but 128 led @ 24mA --> 3A
I will be impress if a fpga can to it!

Thierry Pottier

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You will be better off using XMOS devices:

http://www.xmos.com

It's one of the applications they were designed for. Plenty of design assistance is available. They are a very nice company to work with, here is their new developers' forum:

http://www.xcore.com/

They also have a conventional forum:

http://www.xmoslinkers.org

Leon Heller G1HSM

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Ok maybe by using some buffers like 74xx can solve the problem.
here is the second question?
there are kinds of led signs in our town that they have only single color brightness. they do not use pwm or anything similar to change the brightness of the leds but they have very interesting effects on them they look like they have created something with flash but in single color format!
I want to know is there a software that can build animations with text and produce an uncompressed avi so maybe we can benefit from it's outpout and build a led sign to just play the file.
any ideas are welcome!

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Usually LED signs use multiplexing. What kind of LED sign do you mean? The scrolling message sign type or the neon-like fixed stuff that say 'OPEN' and the like?

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http://www.austriamicrosystems.com/ have a lot of nice ICs for LED driving.

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I have a (broken) LED message sign that uses plain '273s and ULN2003s to drive a 80x7 matrix with a Intel 8039.

The MCU is dead I think, so still looking for a new one.

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XMOS uses the Macroblock MBI5026 for driving their LED arrays:

http://www.mblock.com.tw/

Leon Heller G1HSM

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Usually LED signs use multiplexing. What kind of LED sign do you mean? The scrolling message sign type or the neon-like fixed stuff that say 'OPEN' and the like?

I mean the scrolling one! did you see them! they are just great and i think they make an avi file and extract the pixel data and just play the pixle data with avr. maybe something like swish can make the animation.
do you have seen anything similar or do you know any good software.

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The normal scrolling ones do not play an AVI file :) They generate the pixeldata on the fly from text you have entered. Quite easy to do really, at most a few hundreds lines of C if you want basic scrolling only.

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The normal scrolling ones do not play an AVI file They generate the pixeldata on the fly from text you have entered. Quite easy to do really, at most a few hundreds lines of C if you want basic scrolling only.

I have done a led sign project in past and i was doing almost the same way.I was generating simple scorolling effect on the flay aside some other simple animations.but the point is these new led signs that i have seen have very nice effects that i'm sure it's imposible to do with the speed of avr8.but i still think they have used avr for these led signs too! I think the main task of avr is to display precompiled animation with pc on leds! I think they let the hard task for pc and after that just generate the pixle data and the avr now have a simple task and that is showing that data!

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What kind of effects?

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Have you seen flash software! or swishmax. they produce effects like bouncing letters or rotating and rippling water letters.zooming in and out! and more!

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The idea is very good. I have to learn more.

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Hi cheng_bei
Can you name some good part suppliers in china.I mean i want to buy things cheaper than other places.and also if you know some pcb house with reasonable prices and good quality it would be appreciated.

thanks in advance.

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I am sorry I am just a student. I didn't very know about the market business.

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