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RetroTINK-Ultimate EOL Update

Mike Chi has just announced that his “TINKUltimate” Raspberry Pi hat is approaching it’s end of life (EOL).  He’ll still be offering them on his web store, but after this stock runs out, they’ll no longer be manufactured:  https://www.retrotink.com/blog/retrotink-ultimate-where-is-it

I have mixed feelings about this.  First and foremost, the Ultimate offered a way for people to get RGB, VGA, Component Video, S-Video and composite from their Pi, making it by far the most versatile solution for Pi users.  Luckily, there are alternatives out there.

For RGB SCART users, the RGB-Pi is an excellent solution and one that I’ve been praising since I first tested the original prototype!  Their software is also some of the best I’ve tested and overall is a great solution for people who choose to emulate their games (I emulate arcade boards, but game on real consoles…to each their own!).

Next, there has been quite a lot of progress in manipulating the Pi’s HDMI output.  We’re now able to output CRT-compatible 240p right from the HDMI port, meaning you can use a cheap HDMI to Component or HDMI to VGA box (plus sync combiner) to convert this HDMI signal into something your RGB monitor or consumer-grade TV will accept.  I’ve personally tested some of these boxes (links below) and while I’d prefer a direct “HDMI to SCART” cable, these boxes seem to work well and don’t add any measurable lag to the signal.

So if you’re looking for a multi-outputting Raspberry Pi hat, make sure to get an Ultimate while they’re still available:  RetroTINK Ultimate

 

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