Crowdsourcing an HD gaming system for Arduino

Crowdsourcing an HD gaming system for Arduino

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By Nick Flaherty

Excamera Labs in Califormia is raising money for an Arduino-compatible board for HD game development.

The Gameduino 3X Dazzler board features a Bridgetek BT815 embedded video engine (EVE) graphics controller with 32-bit internal colour precision. This runs at speeds reaching 1.1Gps, this takes care of all the graphics processing activities and can support up to 2000 sprites.

Excamera is raising money for the development on the Crowd Supply platform and follows the crowd-sourced Gameduino open source game accessory board series.

Alongside the EVE IC is a Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA with 8MBytes of embedded flash, a 24-bit HDMI video interface, plus JTAG, SPI and UART I/Os. There is accommodation for a microSD memory card with a 16GByte card supplied on certain package options and a pair Wii Classic controller ports, again with the controllers being provided for some packages.

The BT815, the new Gameduino can deliver 1280 x 720 pixel high-definition graphical content, as well as 48KHz stereo audio, to a large format display or TV screen. This translates into a much more immersive and enjoyable gaming experience. It also enables high-definition video playback at 30fps frame rates.

Gameduino is suitable for the development of compelling games, and various other multimedia projects using the CircuitPython open source programming language.

It has the capacity to deal with both 2D gaming projects and sophisticated 3D renderings. An array of project examples and helpful demos are available online to get aspiring games developers started. In addition to the Arduino-compatible shield, the new Gameduino can be offered as a streamlined core module too. This still has the graphic controller, programmable logic and HDMI capabilities, but allows easy integration into existing hardware.

The Arduino shield measures 83mm x 53mm x 20mm.

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