LED sign board design was never so easy, all thanks to low cost LED controller cards available easily through various vendors. I recently grabbed one such LED panel controller module called ZH-UN from this vendor in India for Rs. 800 ($10). This controller card is designed to work with single color P10 and similar display panels. It has 2 HUB12 interface ports and can control LED display size of up to 320×32 led pixels.
Designed using ATSAMD21G17 Microcontroller, it’s an U-Disk based controller card that means you just have to plug in an USB flash drive (aka Pen Drive) with appropriate file downloaded onto it and you can have fully functional LED sign board. It uses USB host peripheral of the SAMD21 MCU and stores the data onto the on board EEPROM for future usage. It supports multiple languages, timer, clock and multiple animation effects all configurable through a software. Here I am trying to give a quick start tutorial to design your first P10 Panel based LED sign board.
STEP – 1
You must have following set of minimal required hardware to follow this tutorial :
|P10 LED Panel with connectors [Buy in India]|
|ZH-UN LED Display controller card [Buy in India]|
|5V / 5A or 5V/10A SMPS [Buy in India]|
STEP #2 Download & Install the LED designer software program
STEP #3 Design your own custom signboard content
Once data is downloaded onto the USB disk drive remove the drive from your PC and connect it to P10 controller card. If everything goes well you should see your configured data on the display.
If you have any specific questions related to the usage of LED Control System software please drop a comment below and I will try to resolve it as soon as possible. I hope that this quick start guide is helpful in getting started with P10 LED display systems.