Pixel Protocol Overview: SM16712

This pixel protocol was designed by Sunmoon Microelectronics in China. SM16712 is equipped with all the same features as its previous version, SM16703, but supports 4 RGB pixels off the one chip. The control circuit comes in a SOP16 package, allowing for more flexibility with LED choice.

PixLite Support

Are you looking for SM16712 pixel drivers that work with Art-Net or sACN? All PixLite Mk1, Mk2, and Mk3 products support SM16712 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 'WS2811' as your Pixel Type, and set Speed to Fast. This is the equivalent protocol that will allow you to use SM16712 pixels.

Technical Specifications

Clock Type Data-Only
Color Resolution 8 bits
Physical Package SOP16
RGB Yes
RGBW See SM16704
Output Pixel Voltage 5 – 24V
PWM Rate 1200Hz
Suitable Camera Up to 40fps, see Refresh Rate and PWM Rate
Data Transfer Rate 800 kbps
Redundant Data Line No

SM16712 Advantages

  • High PWM rate allows for filming these pixels with cameras up to 40fps
  • Up to 24V, allowing for very long cable lengths
  • Drives 4 pixels off a single SOP16 chip.

SM16712 Disadvantages

  • Data-only restricts refresh rates to be limited by the speed of the protocol, which will generally be slow
  • Only 8 bits of data for each color makes dimming curves less smooth
  • No redundancy in data
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