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The Dawm is a breakout board for the TLC5940 chip. This chip has the possibility to pwm (pulse width modulation) 16 different ports over serial communication from example an arduino microcontroller or similar. (This means in ordinary language that you can for example dim 16 LEDs up and down individually) The max rating of the chip is 17V and 120mA / port. This is adjustable by an resistor down to about 10 mA

One nice feature of the TLC5940 is that it is daisy chainable, which means that one chip can be connected to the next one and so on for plenty (500+)of pwm ports. Each one of the ports is individually controllable from only using 5 pins from the microcontroller. This creates great possibilities like creating low resolution screens or light patterns which is fully customizable and so on. Also control of motors and other outputs is possible.

In this Instructable I will show how to solder the breakout board and also how to connect it to an arduino and control leds.

The kit with the pcb and everything else needed can be purchased at http://blushingboy.org/content/dawm where also many other open source projects are sold.

The datasheet for the TLC5940 can be found here with all the specs http://focus.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/tlc5940.pdf

A library for controlling it from arduino can be found here http://www.arduino.cc/playground/Learning/TLC5940

Since this is my first Instructable I would love comments on it...
 
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Step 1: Material and tools

Picture of Material and tools
The things that is needed to finish this is

1 The Dawm (breakout board) available now by mailing me or soon from here http://blushingboy.org/
1 TLC5940 available as an sample from Texas Industry for free or from Digikey (Digi-Key Part Number 296-17732-5-ND ) or similar vendor
38 female pin headers (not necessary but makes life easier)
1 resistor which size depends on the current you are going to be using. (more about that further down)

Soldering iron
solder
plier
Photo-Worx2 years ago
I just ran across this instructable. Are you still selling boards? If so, how much?
I'm in Wisconsin (54124).
Thanx.

Dan
jimthree5 years ago
Thats a great looking board! where did the name come from and where did you get such cool yellow PCB's printed?
ZrvZ (author)  jimthree5 years ago
Thx. the name comes from me David combined with pwm which gets Dawm. Clever I don't know but late hours crafting kind of generates those kind of names. :-) The pcb is made in Korea where I can get in practicality any color I want (pink, green, blue u name it) but u have to manufacture a lot....
robot797 ZrvZ3 years ago
areyou selling?
ZrvZ (author)  robot7973 years ago
Yes I am. I have sent you a direct message for more information.
Nice Instructable! Looks great! Thanks
ZrvZ (author)  joejoerowley5 years ago
thank you for the nice comment. always more fun to add stuff when people appreciate it. :-)
Fred826646 years ago
yes it is a shame that people get so warped up over spelling and gamer they miss out on the most important parts of the projects or they see it and are jell us over the fact they have not got the skills to do the same things in other areas. thus makes them look smarter busting down on the smart one
Coffeebot6 years ago
Great Instructable, ZrvZ! Like mycroftxxx said -- it's a clean board. Well done! One quick (and very menial) constructive critique: You may want to mention using the Arduino board when adding the header pins. Plug the headers into the arduino, then rest the pcb on top of them, and solder. This way, everything lines up right the first time around.
ZrvZ (author)  Coffeebot6 years ago
First of thanks for the comment! Always nice to get feedback when it is your first instructable. not sure what you mean by this "Plug the headers into the arduino, then rest the pcb on top of them, and solder". The board doesn't plug directly into arduino like a shield so you have to have cables between the board and the arduino. Thought that was the easiest solution since the arduino doesn't supply enough current from its digital pins to power the board. The pinheaders that you solder to the board should just go straight down and is nothing strange at all to solder. Maybe need to be clearer about that.
Coffeebot ZrvZ6 years ago
Okay..I follow, now. Disregard the comment, then. I thought it was meant to plug into the Ardy board.
collard416 years ago
you might l;ike to sift through it to get some spelling errors out, for example you spelt size wrong in first line of step 5. good for a first timer. and good pictures. although you didnt go into much detail about the controlling of the chip. not everyone uses Arduino (i think it is the amatuer way personally), i use machine code and AVR and others might use BASIC (i think BASIC is slightly amatuer as well). but enough about that. 4 stars. if you added more about the programming aspect then it would have been 5
ZrvZ (author)  collard416 years ago
Thanks for the feedback. I have checked through the spelling now and hopefully caught the wrong ones. I apologies for the spelling since English isn't my first language. Will see if I can add some more information about the programming part even though I don't agree that arduino is for just amateurs. It is a perfect tool to do quick prototype and also for teaching about physical prototyping in schools. Artist often doesn't have the skills to do machine code and AVR but still want to create interactive artifacts.
uguy collard416 years ago
:you spelt size wrong? Give me a break!
collard41 uguy6 years ago
i was just trying to help, anyway you still havent corrected it. or maybe you spell it Seize in america, i am English. the people who invented 'English'. but then Seize means like 'Seizing property' as in taking it (in england that is)
In French(I'm taking the class) seize is 16, but that doesn't make much sense either...
mycroftxxx6 years ago
Nice Instructable. While I agree with collard's general criticism on the spelling/editing, this is a really useful chip to know about and I like the cleanliness of your boards. Thanks!