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LED Pixel Protocol APA109

Overview

This pixel protocol was designed by APA Electronic Co. in Taiwan. Also known as “Superled”, APA109 is the RGBW version of APA104 and is one of the most common protocols for pixel lighting displays. The control circuit and LEDs are integrated in a 5050 SMD package, which provides a small physical footprint for each pixel.

Specifications

PixLite Mk1

PixLite Mk2

PixLite Mk3

Clock Type

Data-Only 

Color Resolution

Bits 

Current Control

Physical Package

SMD5050 with integrated LEDs 

RGB

RBGW

Input Voltage

5V 

Output Pixel Voltage

5V 

PWM Rate

1200Hz 

Suitable Camera

Up to 40fps 

Data Transfer Rate

800kbps 

Redundant Data Line

Colors

Color 

Brightness 

Wavelength 

Red 

700 – 1000 mcd 

620 – 630 nm 

Green 

1500 – 2200 mcd 

515 – 530 nm 

Blue 

200 – 400 mcd 

460 – 475 nm 

White 

3300 – 5000 mcd 

2700 – 7000 

Considerations for Use

Advantages

  • High PWM rate allows for filming these pixels with cameras up to 40fps
  • Presence of white LED allows for higher brightness and more color mixing options

Disadvantages

  • Data-only restricts refresh rates to be limited by the speed of the protocol, which can be slow
  • Only 8 bits of data for each color makes dimming curves less smooth
  • Limited to 5V, causing short cable lengths
  • No redundancy in data

PixLite Support

Are you looking for APA109 pixel drivers that work with Art-Net or sACN?

All PixLite Mk2 and Mk3 products support APA109 as an available Pixel IC type, so get in touch with us to find out how the lighting specialists at Advatek can support you in your pixel lighting project.

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