150ft USB Extender

150ft USB Extender

X-keys Cueprompter Foot Pedal

X-keys Cueprompter Foot Pedal

USB Encoder Board


Create your own USB Human Input Device (HID). Perfect for wiring your own custom control panel, whether it's a cockpit simulator or a unique broadcast controller.

  • Encodes a matrix of up to 128 switches
  • Any switch closure can trigger any function on the computer
  • Emulates HID Keyboard, Mouse, or Game Controller

Matrix Encoder Board Manual/Spec Sheet

Availability: In stock
  • Buy 10 for $62.65 each and save 5%

  • Up to 128 digital inputs from an 8 row by16 column matrix
    • USB HID keyboard, mouse, and joystick hardware emulation
  • Internal memory for hardware, resident macros for OS independent support

The X-keys HID Encoder Board uses the same electronic design as our X-keys Programmable Keyboards and Foot Pedals. Each of the 128 switch points can be programmed with multiple keystrokes, combinations, mouse functions, game controller (joystick) actions and more.

Unit Specifications

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) 
Linux (C++)
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

Matrix Encoder Board Spec Sheet PDF

RoHS Letter of Certification

Encoder Board

Download PDF: USB Encoder Board DD.pdf

MacroWorks 3.1 for Windows (free download)

  • Launch programs, insert Unicode, open files and directories, select tools and more
  • Can write macros to X-keys memory for Hardware Mode macro programming
  • Control backlighting globally or for individual keys
  • Create custom scripting with Visual Basic (Software Mode only)
  • Compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista (32 or 64 bit) and Windows XP (32 bit only)
  • Free technical support via email or phone
  • More info...

P.I. Engineering SDK (free download)

  • Microsoft Visual Studio code examples in C# 2008 Express, C++ 2005, and VB.NET 2008 Express
  • Read all key and control states
  • Control all backlighting and indicator LEDs
  • Free technical support via email or phone
  • Linux SDK provides a cross-platform solution for Linux, Windows, and Mac also available

Android Software

  • For X-keys Android devices
  • Read all key and control states
  • Java based
  • Sets backlighting levels and states
  • Free technical support via email or phone
  • More info...


USB Extender

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 (tech@xkeys.com). We have friendly techs and engineers waiting to help you integrate X-keys into your solution.

Windows SDK

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.

Linux SDK

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

Android Samples

Assorted Eclipse projects we have created to demonstrate how to handle various input options (such as joystick and game controller button data) on Android.

HID Data Reports

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.

X-keys Integration

See how to integrate your X-keys with the Hardware Mode, Software Mode with MacroWorks Software, or the Software Mode with a Custom Application.

Case Studies

See how other developers have implemented X-keys for fun and profit.