With this firmware, the DMX Transceiver outputs 9 PWM channels with which standard LEDs can be dimmed directly. LED clusters can be controlled via a driver IC and for Luxeons, etc. I recommend a constant current source. By popular demand, a strobe function has also been implemented.
DMX Transceiver (Rev. 3.2)
With this module, DMX data can be sent and received. However, due to using a microcontroller, this circuit is not ideal for beginners.
The Transceiver is suitable for bidirectional communication (e.g. RDM according to ANSI E1.20) due to the complete connection of the RS485 converter.
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As you can see, the circuit is quite simple: All the magic happens in firmware within the MCU (IC1). It is transferred to IC1 via the "ISP"port. The start address and special options (if any) are set via ADR. The LEDs serve as status indicators. The voltage regulator IC3 ensures a stable operating voltage of 5V. Q1 and C1,2 are needed for an operating frequency of 8MHz. The RS485 converter IC2 allows the MCU to communicate with the DMX universe. With the help of "Spare", various firmware options can be jumpered. Via A-Input, an analogue threshold value (e.g. for thermal protection) can be read.
A supply voltage between 9V and 12V dc is connected to PWR. The DMX Transceiver itself requires <300mA. When selecting the power supply, all loads must be taken into account.
The transceiver is connected to the DMX bus as shown in the next diagram:
Attention: Pin 3 of the XLR connectors is connected to the middle pin of the PCB connector!
Instructions for programming and selection of clock sources can be found under 'Resources'.
After selecting the crystal as clock source, the LED firmware can now be transferred to the DMX Transceiver. This firmware evaluates the next ten channels after the start address and generates linearised PWM signals. The DMX resolution is 8bit.
Stand Alone Mode
Switching on DIP10 activates the stand-alone mode. The following settings are possible via the remaining DIPs:
Connecting the LEDs:
Please note that only the first circuit can be powered by the Transceiver. The other circuits require their own power supply. The R values of the cluster depend on its structure. More information about LEDs and even more driver circuits can be found in the links.
If the LEDs react inverted in your application (0=full on; 255=off), the PWM output can be inverted by setting the Spare1 jumper.
The ErrorLED should light up during start-up. A change in the relevant relevant DMX channels is acknowledged with a flashing of the green LED. An error is indicated by the ErrorLED flashing: