Perfect for wiring your own custom control panel, whether it's a cockpit simulator or a symbol insertion keyboard.
The X-keys® π3 Matrix Encoder Board uses the same electronic design as our X-keys Programmable Keyboards and Foot Pedals. X-keys devices work in cooperation with a standard keyboard. Each of the 128 switch points can be programmed with multiple keystrokes, combinations, mouse functions, game controller (joystick) actions and more.
|Connector Type||USB "A" plug|
|Input Connector||0.1" double row, 30 pin female header receptacle (not included)|
|Number of Inputs||128 possible matrix points (switches)|
|Dimensions||2" x 1.3" x 0.58", (50.8mm x 33mm x 15mm)|
|Weight||2.56 oz. (73 grams)|
|Cord Length||8' (2.44 m)|
|Power Consumption||Low power USB device, less than 15 ma @ 5 vdc|
|Power Source||USB port power, nominal voltage = 5vdc|
|Certifications||FCC Class B, CE|
Software Mode Features
|Operating System||Use: Any OS via USB HID | Programming: Windows XP through 10, Mac OS X 10.4 through 10.10|
|Free Programming Software||Windows: MacroWorks 3.1|
|Free Software Development Kits||Windows (C++, C#, VB.NET)
|Layers||MW3 supports multiple layers including application specific programming|
Hardware Mode Features
|Hardware System||Use: Any OS via USB HID | Programming: Windows XP through 10, Mac OS X 10.4 through 10.10|
|Free Programming Software||Any architecture supporting USB, including Sun, SGI, and HP workstations|
|Operating System||Programming requires MacroWorks 3 for Windows XP through 10
Operates on any OS supporting USB including Unix, Sun and Mac OS-X
|Memory Capacity||Each matrix point is allocated 3 characters and a pool of 560 additional keystrokes is available to any switches requiring additional characters|
|Memory Type||EEPROM, non volatile memory (X-keys retains memory for over 200 years)|
|Layers||2 layers - user selectable toggle and/or shift function|
Download PDF: USB Encoder Board DD.pdf
MacroWorks 3.1 for Windows (free download)
P.I. Engineering SDK (free download)
Extend your X-keys up to 150 feet via CAT 5 or equivalent network cable.
Resources for Software Developers
P. I. Engineering offers a wide range of options for application developers. Click on any heading to learn more. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org). We have friendly techs and engineers waiting to help you integrate X-keys into your solution.
Includes comprehensive examples in C#, C++, and VB.NET for Windows desktop development in Visual Studio, as well as Java for Android development in Eclipse. Supported via phone and email during standard business hours by our technical support staff.
Open source Linux support written in C++. Features code for accessing all X-keys controls and key states and includes a simple, straight forward example GUI. Written by Linux HID expert Alan Ott.</p
Assorted Eclipse projects we have created to demonstrate how to handle various input options (such as joystick and game controller button data) on Android.
Learn how to read the X-keys’ raw output and use it to integrate X-keys into your application in any language, on any HID-enabled platform.
See how to integrate your X-keys with the Hardware Mode, Software Mode with MacroWorks Software, or the Software Mode with a Custom Application.
See how other developers have implemented X-keys for fun and profit.