The Arcade MegaWing is an opensource add-on for the Papilio FPGA development platform that gives you all the hardware you'll need to play and create great retro video games. Like any other MegaWing, this Arcade add-on can easily slide into your Papilio Pro and allow you to start developing! The Arcade MegaWingis a great addition to your Papilio Pro and an inexpensive way to help you learn more about FPGA.
MegaWings are FPGA add-ons that plug straight into a Papilio Pro board and provide everything needed for a specific application in one convenient PCB. Since this is a Arcade MegaWing it won't work on it's own so make sure you have, or pick up a Papilio Pro, if you want to enjoy playing some awesome retro games.
The Arcade MegaWing comes equipped with a VGA video port with 4096 colors for video output, stereo audio sigma delta DAC for sound, four directional buttons for menu navigation, two joystick inputs (Atari 2600, Commodore 64, or Classic Arcade) for in game control, and two PS/2 ports that can be used to connect a keyboard or mouse. With the Arcade MegaWing you will have a fun and economic way to play plenty of great games, all from you Papilio Pro FPGA!
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Experienced - You will require a firm understanding of programming, the programming toolchain, and may have to make decisions on programming software or language. You may need to decipher a proprietary or specialized communication protocol. A logic analyzer might be necessary.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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