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Determining the Build Quality of a Game Cartridge

Follow me on Twitter @db_electronics There are many important aspects to consider when assessing the quality of a reproduction or modern release game cartridge. Shell, label, beveled edge, chamfer, surface finish, etc… are all important things to consider. To the untrained eye all PCBs may at first glance appear identical, but after reading this guide […]

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Intel Launches Integer Scaling for Gen11 Ice Lake GPUs

Intel has just released a new graphics driver for Gen11 GPUs with support for a new feature dubbed “Retro Scaling”. Integer scaling should allow classic low-resolution games to be displayed on modern high-resolutions screens free from artefacts from scaling algorightms not particularly well-suited for pixel art. This is a Gen11 feature only, meaning the “Retro […]

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Sega Saturn Internal Memory Mod with FRAM – no battery required

I was burned too many times when I power up my Sega Saturn to notice that my CR2032 had died. The CR2032 on the Sega Saturn is responsible for maintaining power to the internal battery-backed SRAM (i.e. your internal saves) and maintaining the system’s RTCC (real-time clock and calendar). When the battery dies, which seems […]