The MAX7219 and MAX7221 Led drivers

These two integrated circuits from Maxim are for driving either 64 individual Led's, or up to 8 digits of 7-segment displays. The drivers implement a SPI compatible slave interface that can be controlled from the Arduino using only 3 of the digital output pins. An extensive datasheet for the IC's is available from the Maxim homepage. Since both chips are very similar, I will use the term MAX72XX for both th ...

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A arduino library for the MAX7221 and MAX7219

These two chips provide an easy way to control either an array of 64 Led's or up to eight digits made of 7-segment displays with a minimum of electronic components. Besides the chip itself you will need only a single resistor and one or two capacitors. Data is send to the chip using a SPI-compatible protocol using 3 of the digital pins on the arduino. If you want control more than eight 7-segment displays ( ...

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