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Papilio - Arcade MegaWing

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!

  • VGA Port - DB15 Female VGA connector capable of generating 4096 colors.
  • Stereo Audio Jack - 1/8" Stereo jack with low pass filter is ready for CD quality Delta-Sigma audio output.
  • Joystick Ports - Two DB9 Male joystick ports accept Atari, Commodore, and classic arcade joysticks.
  • PS/2 Ports - Two PS/2 ports accept a keyboard and mouse.
  • 4 Way Buttons - 4 buttons in a plus configuration for user input.
  • 4 LED's - 4 LED's for user feedback.
  • Reset Button - A single reset button.

Papilio - Arcade MegaWing Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Programming

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.

4 Programming

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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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

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.

2 Electrical Prototyping

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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  • I know you guys didn't design this board - but a micro SD card on the bottom would be a killer addition. Also, minor typo in the description: "The Arcade MegaWingis". Really glad to see SparkFun carrying more FPGA stuff. Thanks!

  • Please add a link directly to the UCF provided on the Product Page. The reason is the Gadget Factory website is ungodly slow.

    • The link to the UCF file was pointing to an old server - I updated the links to point to the new, fast server. Just in case here is a direct link that will always be up to date:

      Arcade MegaWing UCF

    • We try not to link to files that will be changed and revisioned. the UCFs will change over time, making our links outdated. I was able to download them without issue at all.

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