Pi Supply Gert VGA 666 Hardware VGA for Raspberry Pi

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Description:

The  Gert VGA 666 (6 bits per colour channel, hence 666) is a  breakout/add-on board for the Raspberry Pi Model B+ (will not work with  Model A/B as the additional GPIO pins on the Model B+ are required). It  is an open source hardware design recently released publicly by Gert van  Loo who was one of the hardware engineers that was instrumental in the  initial design of the original Raspberry Pi (also one of the chip  architects on the BCM2835 chip at the heart of the Raspberry Pi) and  someone that many of you may have spoken to at Raspberry Jams or on the  Raspberry Pi forums. It is a neat and very useful solution for using a  VGA screen/monitor with your Raspberry Pi and is far cheaper than an  HDMI to VGA adapter or similar. The VGA connection is driven natively in  hardware over the GPIO pins (using a parallel interface) and uses  around the same CPU load as the HDMI connection on board. It is capable  of displaying 1080p60 VGA video with no CPU load. It is also possible to  drive this interface at the same time as the HDMI connection, so a dual  screen setup is also possible. This add-on was not possible on the  Model A and B pis, because not all of the required pins had been brought  out to the GPIO header. Yet another awesome upgrade that the Model B+ has allowed for!

Please note: this add-on on board uses all but 6 of the GPIO pins on the Model B+ Raspberry Pi so it may not be possible to use  other add on boards at the same time as the VGA adapter. Why a kit? We love electronics kits for a multitude of reasons - they are fun to  put together, you get a sense of achievement at the end of it, they are  great for learning about soldering and electronics and many many more  reasons... At Pi Supply we are quite keen on the whole education and fun  aspect of the Raspberry Pi and computing and electronics in general, so  we feel that a kit is much more worthwhile to all of our backers.  However, you don't need to be a soldering god or an electronics pro to  put our kits together - Gert has made this simple enough even for  absolute beginners to put together. The images in this project show  surface mount resistors, however, for the purposes of the kit we will be  supplying all through hole components. There was also a concern about  EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) regulations which could cause a  problem if made as a fully assembled board. This regulation does not  cover home made electronics and so a kit makes more sense for this  reason as well.

Specifications:

  • Uses all but 6 of the  GPIO pins on the Model B+ Raspberry Pi
  • 6 bits per colour channel, hence 666
  • Will not work with Raspberry Pi 1 Model A/B
  • Open source hardware design
  • BCM2835 chip
  • VGA Connector

Contents:

  • 1 x Gert VGA 666 PCB
  • 1 x 40 pin GPIO header connector
  • 1 x 15 pin female VGA connector
  • 20 x through hole resistors (2*120 Ohm, 3*499 ohm, 3*1kOhm, 3*2kOhm, 3*4kOhm, 3*8kOhm, 3*16kOhm)
  • 2 x Pi Supply Stickers

Resources:

You can find the assembly guide, code repository and further information for the Gert VGA 666 at the following links:

  • Availability: 11
  • Model: Gert VGA
  • Manufacturer: Pi-Supply