Pixel Protocol Overview: CS8812

This pixel protocol was designed by Witop Technology Co. Ltd in China. It uses 12V as its main power input for each chip, VDD, which is then dropped down to 5V inside each pixel for its logic requirements. This allows longer chains of pixels to driven in series. The control circuit comes in two physical format options: SOP8 and SMD5050. In the 5050 SMD package, LEDs are integrated, which provides a small physical footprint for each pixel. In the SOP8 package, LEDs are external to the control circuit, allowing for more flexibility with LED choice.

PixLite Support

Are you looking for CS8812 pixel drivers that work with Art-Net or sACN? All PixLite Mk2 and Mk3 products support CS8812 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 'WS2815' as your Pixel Type. This is the equivalent protocol that will allow you to use CS8812 pixels.

Technical Specifications

Clock Type Data-Only
Color Resolution 8 bits with 12-bit built-in gamma correction
Physical Package SOP8 or SMD5050 with integrated LEDs
RGB Yes
Output Pixel Voltage 12V
Input Voltage 12V
PWM Rate 8000Hz
Suitable Camera Up to 267fps, see Refresh Rate and PWM Rate
Data Transfer Rate 800kbps
Redundant Data Line Yes

Color Specifications

Color Brightness Wavelength
Red 450 mcd 615 – 630 nm
Green 1300 mcd 520 – 535 nm
Blue 280 mcd 460 – 475 nm

CS8812 Advantages

  • Very high PWM rate allows for filming these pixels with cameras up to 267fps
  • 12V operation allows for long cable lengths and long chains of pixels
  • Redundant data line reduces chance of entire strip failure
  • 12-bit built-in gamma correction makes dimming curves more smooth
  • Option for either SOP8 or SMD5050

CS8812 Disadvantages

  • Data-only restricts refresh rates to be limited by the speed of the protocol, which will generally be slow
Categories: Pixel LEDs