Is the Spark Core a Real-Time Microcontroller (and Photon, too?)

I am interested in buying an LED strip from Adafruit but the product has this note on it:
“There is a single data line with a very timing-specific protocol. Since the protocol is very sensitive to timing, it requires a real-time microconroller such as an AVR, Arduino, PIC, mbed, etc. It cannot be used with a Linux-based microcomputer or interpreted microcontroller such as the netduino or Basic Stamp.”

Can somebody tell me if the core and the photon are real-time microcontrollers like the note says is required?

The product is:

Thanks for any help!


Hi @EricBrian

The Adafruit Neopixel library has been ported to Spark and I hear it works well. I think there is a limit to the number of neopixels Spark can support but I believe it is hundreds.

Check the forum or the web IDE for Neopixel and you will find lot of people are using it already.


You can also find some project, with guides, over here: there are also Neopixels ones among them.