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RGBench – Oscilloscope Video Interface Device

Qwertymodo designed an all-purpose multi video input device for interfacing video devices with oscilloscopes, and received so much attention that he decided to put the product up for sale. It will be useful for developers and video product designers who want a clean, easy to use interface for testing video signals on a scope. RGBench […]

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Atari 7800 Schematics Found in Dumpster Treasure Trove

Fifty pages of complete engineering schematics for the Atari 7800 and its associated ICs have been released by Curt Vendel, the historian behind the Atari Museum History Project. The documents have circulated among private individuals for years, but this is the first time they have been publicly accessible. The schematics essentially provide a blueprint that […]

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Budget Arcade Power Supplies Unmasked

For years, I’ve been looking for the perfect budget arcade power supply to recommend to people–something with high-quality components that won’t break the bank. You used to be able to recommend products by brands like Happ that fit the bill, but after looking inside their latest offerings, you’ll probably want to reconsider. Apparently every single […]

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Xilinx’s New FPGA has the Highest Logic Density of Any Single Device Ever Made

Xilinx revealed their new high-end FPGA, the Virtex VU19P, which will be the largest FPGA ever created. It comes from their line of 16nm UltraScale+ FPGAs and contains 35 billion transistors. It boasts the highest logic density and the input/output count (2,072) of any single device ever made, and is 1.6X larger than the Virtex […]

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Sega 32X Support Coming to Mega Sg + DAC

Kevtris announced in My Life in Gaming’s DAC Stream that he has the 32X working with the Analogue Mega Sg. It will require the DAC and a custom mixing cable. 32X hardware support is extremely difficult because of the way its analog video is mixed back to the Genesis. Kev has confirmed that Doom and […]

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Neo Geo Mini Controller Mod for Real Neo Geo & Clicky D-Pad

Magic Trashman has written a tutorial on how to padhack a Neo Geo Mini controller to DB15 (arcade/Neo Geo direct connection) and add a clicky microswitch d-pad to it. It’s a relatively complex mod involving custom 3D prints, but MT has been offering pre-modified controllers for sale through Twitter. I bought one of these from […]

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The Pacifier: 3D Shell for Minigun Arcade Superguns

Matt Joly, AKA QcRetro, has released for free a 3D printed shell design for the open-source Minigun Arcade Supergun. Superguns consolize arcade game PCBs, adding controller inputs, AV output, a power supply attachment, etc, for playing real arcade games outside of cabinets. Matt plans to continue updating his 3D shell design to support future revisions […]

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Analogue DAC Prototypes Unveiled – Super Nt/Mega Sg on CRT TVs

Several people were sent test copies of Analogue’s much anticipated prototype DAC (digital to analogue converter), which connects the Super Nt and Mega Sg, and future Analogue products, to CRT TVs, Monitors, and PVMs. I posted a video overview of the unit, and another video showing off light gun support.

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New Super Nt Jailbreak brings Special Chip Support

The Analogue Mega Sg and Super Nt received official firmware updates this week, and two days later the unofficial custom “jailbreak” firmwares were updated. Both received a host of fixes and new features, perhaps the most exciting being the addition of special chips (DSP-1, DSP-2, DSP-3, DSP-4, CX4, ST010, ST011) to the Super Nt. Super […]