Most SPI based control systems follow the same old fashioned approach. They require lots of hardware, include multiple protocol conversions and take a lot of time and costs to install.
For almost two decades the most common solution was to convert Art-Net to DMX and then to SPI.
DiGidot eliminates the DMX conversion and goes straight from Art-Net or sACN* to SPI in a very clever way. (* available at the end of 2020)
SPI is up to 800% faster than DMX
One data line of SPI can have up to 4096 channels
No need to set DMX device starting addresses
Less devices increases system reliability
Using SPI ensures a much cleaner setup
SPI IC's are cheaper than DMX components
The DiGidot C4 is the beating heart of our control system and the true power of it, is to control large amounts of pixels.
Its main task is to convert Art-Net or DMX to SPI, but the extensive feature set allows you to change the role of the device entirely. This way we are able to eliminate various peripheral hardware and create a much easier to manage system.
The ability to reconfigure the four data ports of the C4 as incoming or outgoing port for several protocols such as SPI, DMX and DMX TTL, creates countless configuration possibilities.
Mixing and managing different luminaire types with other protocols, has never been easier. Connect SPI controlled luminaires to one C4 and DMX controlled luminaires to the next.
The DiGidot C4 is all you need.
The signal range of standard SPI protocols is very short and only reliable for up to around 2 meters. This conflicted with our philosophy to reduce the amount of hardware, because in many projects it’s therefore required to place the SPI controllers very close to the lights. This results in more controllers for the entire project. However in most cases, not that many channels are needed in these locations. As a result, a lot of output channel capacity is wasted and the entire installation becomes less efficient and more expensive.
To solve this problem we created PxLNet. PxLNet allows any SPI Data protocols to be sent up to 250 meters away. This eliminates the most important SPI shortcoming and it means that controllers can be installed conveniently in a central place. The entire system now becomes a lot easier to manage and the licensed output channels can be used more effectively. This approach contributes to a better control solution, simplifies infrastructures and lowers the overall costs.
The DiGidot PxLNet Transmitter is a four port transmitting module to extend the data range up to 250 meters. It converts the SPI protocol that is configured in the DiGidot C4 to PxLNet and sends it to a PxLNet transceiver or receiver module.
The Transmitter can also be used to convert four ports of DMX TTL coming from the DiGiDot C4 to four DMX 512 data lines with a signal range up to 500 meters.
The DiGidot PxLNet Transceiver is a data receiver and transmitter that converts PxLNet to an SPI signal or the other way around and send the remaining signal to the next module up to 250 meters away.
DiGidot C4 Live controllers can be used in combination with any industry standard Art-Net or DMX control software, console or media server. The DiGidot C4 Live will convert the signal directly to SPI or the system may benefit from additional PxLNet products to extend the data cable range.
The DiGidot C4 Live can be daisy chained up to five devices. By adding a simple gigabit switch to network you easily scale up the number of DiGidot C4 controllers in a network.
The maximum output of one single DiGidot C4 Live can be up to 16 universes (8192 channels). That's a lot of pixels!
The DiGidot C4 Extended offers many additional features compared to the DiGidot C4 Live, such as playback scenes and triggering for system integration. It offers many triggering options to control countless trigger actions. You can trigger actions like playing a scene or playlist, adjusting the brightness, speed or changing the colors. Scenes and effects can be recorded from input signals like Art-Net and DMX or simply generate scenes using the built in web interface.
The ability to record and playback, combined with advanced triggering features make the DiGidot C4 Extended a perfect solution for standalone applications.