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Plasma 2040 - Addressable RGB LED Strip Controller

SKU 4167
£12.89 inc VAT
£10.74 ex VAT
8 in stock.

Swathe everything in rainbows with this all-in-one, USB-C powered controller for WS2812/Neopixel and APA102/Dotstar addressable LED strip.

Plasma 2040 is an RP2040-based driver board for addressable LED strips. It's designed to make rigging up bits of custom, programmable lighting as straightforward as possible - perfect for whipping up some quick under-cupboard illumination, dramatically underlighting your sofa or providing some atmospheric mood-lighting for your workspace, PC or vivarium.

Plasma 2040 is powered and programmable by USB-C and, because USB-C is capable of drawing up to 3A of power, that's enough to power a healthy chunk of LEDs. There are three useful buttons that you could use for turning the lights on and off or switching between colours or effects, plus a reset button and an eternally popular onboard RGB LED.

A QW/ST connector has also been included on there, to make it super easy to plug in Qwiic or STEMMA QT breakouts - how about hooking up an RGB potentiometer to adjust the speed or hue of your lights, an air quality sensor to make your desk lighting into a giant thermometer or tell you when you should crack a window or a light sensor to turn them on automatically when it gets dark?

Please Note

  • The C++/MicroPython software uses the RP2040's PIO state machines to drive each strip separately - this board only has one set of LED strip connectors, but if you're up for some inventive wiring it's possible to drive multiple strips simultaneously, even if they're of different types!
  • If you're curious about how much current your LEDs are consuming, we've incorporated some current sensing circuitry onto this board, which you can measure by reading ADC3. You could use this in your code to do things like adjusting the brightness of your LEDs based on available power!
  • Powered by RP2040 (Dual Arm Cortex M0+ running at up to 133Mhz with 264kB of SRAM)
  • 2MB of QSPI flash supporting XiP
  • Compatible with 5V WS2812/Neopixel/SK6812 and APA102/Dotstar/SK9822 LEDs
  • Screw terminals for attaching your LED strip.
  • USB-C connector for power and programming (3A max)
  • Qw/ST (Qwiic/STEMMA QT) connector
  • Low side current sensing (accessible via ADC3)
  • Reset, BOOT and two user buttons (the BOOT button can also be used as a user button)
  • RGB LED
  • Fully assembled (no soldering required)
  • Measurements: approx 50 x 28 x 12mm (L x W x H, including connectors)