FEATURES / BENEFITS:
A Debug Test Button has been integrated into all XPin LED Display models that replace original Williams displays. This Debug button, when pressed, will illuminate all segments of the display if a minimum amount of functionality is working on the MPU. This feature allows the end-user to determine with high confidence if there is a problem with the display or if there is a problem further upstream of the display, namely the MPU.
A Brightness feature has also been integrated into all XPin LED Displays. This Brightness Control allows the end user to set the brightness level to their own preference. A side benefit of this Brightness Control is that there is a direct relationship between how bright the displays are and how much power is consumed by the display.
All XPin LED products utilize the latest components manufactured to higher component standards than existed 20-30 years ago. These new designs predominately use surface mount technology. The benefit of this technology is two-fold: Reliability and Reduced Power Consumptions.
Surface mount technology is considered to be the most reliable when it comes to manufacturing electronics today. Allowing for the smaller component size and packaging, surface mount devices are less likely to fail in the high vibration and rigorous environment of pinball machines. Along with the smaller component size, with the proper circuit design, these packages will dissipate less heat than the traditional components through devices and circuit designs. Less heat means less power required because the system as a whole is more efficient.
XPin LED products also only require 5V to operate. High voltage was required to power the original plasma displays. This HV power supply provided approximately 8 Watts of power to the display system. With this no longer needed, we recommend the removal of the games high voltage fuse(s) to prevent any risk of shock when servicing the game.
It still requires power though to run the XPin LED displays, but not as much as you would think. The XPin XP-WMS12232-O display, for instance, only requires 2.5 Watts of power from the 5V supply when the brightness is set to ~75%. The original 5V power budget for the display was about 3 Watts. The reduction in power required reduces the load on the 5V system, which in turn reduces the heat generated by the power supply, lowering the temperature in the head of the game.