LED Pixel Chipsets

These are all that have been tested by NLED, most NLED controllers will support these chipsets. Contact Us with any questions. More chipsets will be added as they are obtained and tested.

Additional chipsets may be supported, please Contact Us to ask if one is supported or to request chipset support.

Synchronous Chipsets: V+ - GND - CLK - DAT
These chipsets use 2 data lines for communication, clock/CLK and data/DAT. This allows them to accept data at most any rate, much easier and faster to control than asynchronous chipsets.
Chipset: PWM Resolution: PWM Frequency: Data Rate: Type: Description:
WS2801 8-Bit (256 levels) 2.5KHz < 4Mbs 3 Chan. I.C. Regular SPI, Easiest to control
LPD8806 7-Bit (128 levels) 4KHz < 20MHz 6 Chan. I.C.
APA102
"Dotstar"
8-Bit (256 levels) 20KHz(?) < 4Mbs RGB 5050 or 2020(Dotstar Micro) Pixel Best type available
SK9822 8-Bit (256 levels) 20KHz(?) < 4Mbs RGB 5050 Pixel APA102 Compatible
LPD6803 5-Bit (32 levels) ? ? 3 Chan. I.C. Low PWM Resolution
Asynchronous Chipsets: V+ - GND - DAT
These chipsets use a single line for data communication, the timings for data transmission(controller to pixel) must be exact. Quite hard to control, limited update speeds and string lengths.
Chipset: PWM Resolution: PWM Frequency: Data Rate: Type: Description:
WS2811* 8-Bit (256 levels) 400Hz 800Kbps Type 1 3 Chan. I.C. Uses standard 1.25uS bit time
WS2812* / WS2812B*
"NeoPixel"
8-Bit (256 levels) 400Hz 800Kbps Type 1 RGB 5050 Pixel Uses standard 1.25uS bit time
APA104 8-Bit (256 levels) 400Hz 800Kbps Type 2 RGB 5050 Pixel 1.7uS bit time
LPD1886 12-Bit (4096 levels) 400Hz ?16MHz? 3 Chan. I.C. High PWM resolution, 800nS per bit time
TM1814 8-Bit (256 levels) 400Hz 800Kbps Type 1 3 Chan. I.C. Standard 1.25uS bit time
SK6812* 8-Bit (256 levels) ? 800Kbps Type 1 RGBW or RGB 5050 Pixel Uses standard 1.25uS bit time
APA106/P9823 8-Bit (256 levels) 400Hz 800Kbps Type 2 RGB 5mm/8mm Epoxy Cast 1.7uS bit time
*All the marked chipsets use the same protocol and can be used interchangably. Controllers that are WS2811 capable, also can use the marked chipsets. Note: SK6812 has RGB, RGBW, or White variants. One or more of the APA types also has RGB or white variants. All color variatns are supported if the chipset is.
Controller Compatibility Chart: More may be supported, and more will be added. Contact with any compatibility questions. This list is not complete, additional chipsets are supported.
Chipset: Ion: Mini: Electron: Micro:
WS2801 X X X X
LPD8806 X X X X
APA102 X X X X
LPD6803 X X X X
WS2811 / WS2812 / WS2812B X X X X
LPD1886 X X
TM1814 X X
SK6812 X X X X
LPD6803 X X X X
SK6812 X X X X
SK9822 X X X X
APA104 / APA106 / P9823 X X
DMX-512 Output:
New Aurora version 2 pixel controllers have the option to select DMX-512 as the pixel output, it will then output a DMX universe from the controllers pixel out. The DMX network is transmitted at TTL levels and would require a differential transceiver to connect it to standard DMX lighting.
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