This pixel protocol was designed by APA Electronic Co. in Taiwan. Also known as “Superled”, APA102C is one of the most common protocols for pixel lighting displays. The control circuit and LEDs are integrated in a 5050 SMD package, which provides a small physical footprint for each pixel. Very similar to its previous version, APA102, APA102C provides a larger metallic area for better heat dissipation.
Are you looking for APA102C pixel drivers that work with Art-Net or sACN? All PixLite Mk1, Mk2, and Mk3 products support APA102C as an available Pixel IC type, so get in touch with us to find out how the lighting specialists at Advatek can support you in your pixel lighting project.
Note: When configuring your PixLite device, select 'APA102' as your Pixel Type. This is the equivalent protocol that will allow you to use APA102C pixels.
|Color Resolution||8 bits|
|Physical Package||SMD5050 with integrated LEDs|
|Output Pixel Voltage||5V|
|Suitable Camera||Up to 64fps, see Refresh Rate and PWM Rate|
|Redundant Data Line||No|
|Red||300 – 330 mcd||620 – 625 nm|
|Green||420 – 460 mcd||522 – 525 nm|
|Blue||160 – 180 mcd||465 – 467 nm|
- Presence of a clock allows for faster refresh rates
- High PWM rate allows for filming these pixels with cameras up to 64fps
- Dissipates heat more efficiently than APA102
- Only 8 bits of data for each color makes dimming curves less smooth
- Limited to 5V, causing short cable lengths
- No redundancy in data