Smart LEDs

TODO: Link the following datasheets:

  • WS2812b
  • SK6812w
  • APA102

TODO: Explain smart leds and their protocol

TODO: Explain techniques for using SPI, I2S, PWM, etc. for controlling smart leds


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I found this small (2.1mm x 2.1mm) LED that seems to use the same Smart LED protocol as the WS2812/SK6812/AP102 families. At the time, it was available in a small-ish quantity (600 stock or so) on JLCPCB parts list, which was enough for 5 of the original Calculator Keypad prototypes.

I haven't yet tested them to see if they require different control schemes or modifications from standard techniques.