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Bi-color 8x8 Matrix

A project log for D1 Mini Matrix Deluxe Shields

Shields for the D1 Mini ESP8266 board using the ISSI chips

deʃhipudeʃhipu 04/28/2017 at 22:480 Comments

After the IS31FL3728 chip, I tried its larger cousins, but I'm still struggling getting them to work. They are in 40- and 48-pin QFN packages, which are pretty hard to solder by hand (in fact, it might be impossible without a hot air gun and/or a reflow oven). But one of them, the IS31FL3733 also comes in a TQFP package, and I got one. This one is too big to fit on a D1 Mini shield, but I made something else:

(Note that the colors are smooth and perfectly fine in reality, but my phone camera can't handle them.)

This project will have a page of its own soon, but for now it's a good testing platform for my code. So I made another MicroPython library, available at https://bitbucket.org/thesheep/micropython-is31fl37x that can handle both IS31FL3733 (for up to 12x16 matrices) and IS31FL3736 (up to 8x12 matrices).

In the mean time, I'm going to work on those QFN chips, maybe I will manage to get them to work somehow. Maybe it's just time for me to invest in a proper rework station?

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