Playing with the PL9823-F5: a breadboardable Neopixel-compatible LED

A fun new part has recently become available - the PL9823-F5. It looks like a standard 5mm RGB LED, with 4 pins and a diffused plastic forming the body of the LED itself. Inside, however, it packs a bit of a punch: a control chip that can set the brightness of Red, Green and Blue via serial data. It's similar to the popular WS2812 that Adafruit sells as the Neopixel - and it's fairly compatible with them to boot (the colour ordering is different). According to cpldcpu, the timing of these devices are compatible with the Neopixels, so existing code (such as Adafruit's library) will [ Read More ]