The Prop Blade


Prop Blade Feature List

The Prop Blade is a PCB designed for use with the Parallax Propeller. The Prop Blade is designed to be used for your LED lighting, animatronics or other theatrical project. The Prop Blade incorporates on-board voltage regulators, RS-485 communication chip (for DMX-512A), DIP Switches, tactile switches and debug LED. In addition there are headers for easily attaching I/O or your own custom designed add on boards.

The Prop Blade is designed for use with the Parallax Propeller. The Propeller is a microcontroller with 8 processors in one package! The MCU can be run at speeds of up to 80 MHz. The Propeller is the easiest to use multi-processor MCU available today and it is powerful!

The Prop Blade ships as a bare PCB. The datasheet includes schematics, assembly details and a bill of materials for the parts needed to assemble the Prop Blade. The Prop Blade PCB requires you to supply the components and to solder them to the PCB. The Prop Blade was designed in conjunction with the LED Painter to make a great combination RGB LED Lighting system. One Prop Blade can control up to two chains of LED Painters.

The Prop Blade was recently used in a project to create "LED windows." You can check out a brief video of the installation here. The Prop Blade is compatible with the DMX-512A Receiving Driver found on the Brilldea Resources page.

An Installed Prop Blade Running an LED Painter

Prop Blade Resources

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Prop Blade Bill of Materials (Rev010)

Prop Blade Schematic




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