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AlphaPix Evolution vs. HinksPix Pro
Last Updated: 10/15/2019
Differences between the AlphaPix Evolution and HinksPix Pro CPUs use in the Flex Expansion System



The chart below shows the individual technical differences between the two CPUs offered for use with the Flex Expansion System:
Function Feature AlphaPix Evolution HinksPix Pro
Hardware
Expansion Boards Supported 16 Port / 4 Output / Long Range Differential & 16 Port SPI - Up to 3 per CPU
16 Output 120v AC - Up to 1 per CPU
16 Port / 4 Output / Long Range Differential & 16 Port SPI - Up to 3 per CPU
16 Output 120v AC - Up to 1 per CPU

Support for soon to be released Smart Long Range Receivers
Two 100 Mb/s Ethernet Network Ports with Switch for Daisy Chaining Yes Yes
4 Line / 16 Character OLED Back-Lit Display for configuration, monitoring and testing Yes Yes
Five push button control switches located on top for easy access and use with gloves Yes Yes
Temperature Sensor(s) with configurable shutdown on over-temp situations
Notes: Requires SPI Expansion board
Yes Yes
32 Bit CPU Yes
1 CPU
Yes
2 CPUs
Automated fan control using standard CPU cooler fan (not typically required) Yes No
RS-485 / DMX 1990 / e1.11 Output Ports (screw terminals)
Notes: RS485 ports are separate of SPI and other outputs and do not use up channels. Outputs are clearly marked on board. See our Knowledge Base on wiring or connecting with LOR controllers
2 1
No separate CPU power source - power is obtained from any connected expansion board Yes Yes
Built-in WiFi Interface used for device management and multi-controller sync operations No Yes
802.11 a / c / n
WEP / WPA / WPA2
Battery Backup / On-Board Clock / RTC
Notes: For use with on-board sequence playback mode
No Yes
Synced with Internet Time
Time Zone & Daylight Savings Time Support
SD Card Slot for on-board sequence storage
Notes: SD Card required for playback. Requires sequences from EasyLights.com or uploaded from xLights sequencing application.
No Yes
1/8" Stereo Line Level Output Jack
Notes: For use with on-board sequence playback mode
No Yes
(installed)
Number of Output Ports 3 x 16 / 48 Total 3 x 16 / 48 Total
FM Transmitter Option
Notes: For use with on-board sequence playback mode
No Yes
(optional)
Specs
Maximum number of pixels per controller 16,320 Pixels Total
48 Ports @ 2 Universes
24,480 Pixels Total
48 Ports @ 3 Universes
Max 4 Universes per output
Max 144 Universes for entire controller - can be distributed on a per output basis
Maximum number of pixels per output (SPI) - Exclusive of power, see chart below for power limits 340 680
Pixel Protocols Supported:

Controllers do not support "GECE"
3 Wire (All HolidayCoro pixels are 2811 / 1903) WS2811 / WS2812 / WS2813 / WS2812B INK1003 TM1803 / TM1804 / TM1809 / TM1812 UCS1903 / UCS1909 / UCS1912 / UCS2903 / UCS2909 / UCS2912

4
Wire WS2801 / WS2803 / 6803 / 2801

4 Wire LPD6803 / LPD1101 D705 UCS6909 / UCS6912 3001 TLS3001 / TLS3002 CY3005 8806 LPD8803 / LPD8806 9813 P9813
3 Wire (All HolidayCoro pixels are 2811 / 1903) WS2811 / WS2812 / WS2813 / WS2812B INK1003 TM1803 / TM1804 / TM1809 / TM1812 UCS1903 / UCS1909 / UCS1912 / UCS2903 / UCS2909 / UCS2912
Software

Firmware Update Method Upload from web interface
Automatic download
(can be blocked)
Null / Ghost Pixels Start of string Start of string
Reverse DMX addressing Yes Yes
Zig-Zag / Matrix addressing Yes No
All modern sequencing software provides this functionality more efficiently.
Color order output mapping (RGB, BRG, GRB, etc) Yes - Per Output Yes - Per Output
Password protection Yes No
Adjustable OLED screen brightness via software Yes No
Voltage display (SPI and Long Range Expansion Boards only) Yes - Per Expansion Board Coming Soon
Temperature display (SPI Expansion Board Only) Yes - Per Expansion Board Coming Soon
Built-in test sequences selectable from OLED screen and via web page Yes - 22 types Yes - 6 types
Standalone
Standalone operation with sequences from xLights
Notes: Requires SD Card for sequence storage.
No Yes
Standalone operation with sequences from EasyLights.com
Notes: Requires SD Card for sequence storage.
No Yes
Ability for master controller to drive outputs to other non-stand alone e1.31 controllers
Notes: Up to 144 total universes on controller or on another controller
No Yes - From xLights Sequences
FM and Line Level Output Audio directly from master controller
Notes: FM Transmitting requires optional FM transmitter board
No Yes
Input Protocols
e1.31 / sACN (over TCP/IP over Ethernet) Yes
Unicast / Multicast:
96 DMX Universes
Yes
Unicast / Multicast:
144 DMX Universes
Artnet (over TCP/IP over Ethernet) Yes
Unicast / Multicast:
96 DMX Universes
Yes
Unicast / Multicast:
144 DMX Universes
DDP (over TCP/IP over Ethernet) No Yes




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