ZPUino 1.0 version is now officially released

We are pleased to be working with Alvaro Lopes to coordinate the release of the ZPUino 1.0 with the release of our new Audio MIDI Wing. The new ZPUino release is packed with so many goodies that it is enabling a whole new breed of Audio and Video applications for the Papilio!

“ZPUino 1.0 is now available for you to use and enjoy. Expect some updates on next few days – release cycles are about to change, we’re switching to release early, release often.”

We allready talked about the ZPUino processor and its features but just to remind you The ZPUino is a 32 bit processor running at 100Mhz with an integrated VGA display adapter and YM2149 sound processor. Everything is controlled by a sketch and an easy to use VGA library from the Arduino IDE.

Check out some of the exciting new features:

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  • Famous audio chips such as the Commodore 64 SID, Atari ST YM2149, and Atari 800 Pokey are built in and ready to use in your sketches. No GPIO’s are wasted or soldering required!
  • A new small VGA mode that is modeled after the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. This versatile but compact VGA core fits, along with the ZPUino to control it, in the Papilio 250K and 500K boards!
  • SmallFs filesystem allows resources such as images our audio files to be placed in a directory with your sketch and automatically becomes available for use by your sketch.
  • Upload to RAM allows sketches and smallfs resources to be loaded directly to internal BRAM or the external SRAM of the upcoming Papilio Plus board.

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If you still looking For more ZPUino information and documentation check out this page.

Feel free to discuss in the comments thread.

(via zpuino.blogspot.com, original article by Alvie)

ZPUino 1.0 Release Coming Soon!

ZPUino processor

The ZPUino is a 32 bit processor running at 100Mhz with an integrated VGA display adapter and YM2149 sound processor. Everything is controlled by a sketch and an easy to use VGA library from the Arduino IDE.

The good news is that a 1.0 version of the ZPUino will be released soon probably before the end of this month.

This release will have so many new features and we can list some of them here:
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  • things will go faster with a new improved extreme core.
  • Smaller generated code for sketches.
  • Upload-to-RAM feature.
  • New VGA interfaces.
  • Arduino 1.0 IDE
  • Audio chips!! YM2149, Pokey and SID.
  • Papilio Plus support.

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For more features, hardcore details and informations you can visit the ZPUino blogpost page.

Check out this page to learn more about the ZPUino and its features.

Feel free to discuss in the comments thread.

(via zpuino.blogspot.com, original article by Alvie)

Papilio Arcade now easy as MAME with Arcade Blaster App

Here at Gadget Factory we’re happy to announce that the first release of the Arcade Blaster application is now officially available for download!

The new Arcade Blaster application makes it easier then ever to load games to the Papilio Arcade hardware. It works just like MAME, simply provide ROMs that you own and it takes care of everything. You will be up and running with your games in less then 15 seconds. If you’ve been on the fence about buying the Papilio Arcade then wait no longer, the Papilio Arcade is available for $84.99 at Seeed Studio.

The Arcade Blaster is a new multi-platform application that simplifies using Papilio Arcade kit and eliminates the need to directly work on HDL sources.

The new application runs on Windows as well as Linux and both JRE and FTDI drivers are part of the installer however you can still choose the Arcade Blaster compact version If you have these components already installed.

documentation page is also being released at the Arcade Wiki for any information about the application you can go to this page to know all about the installation, requirements, how to use it and more…

The Gadget Factory Team

Papilio Arcade MegaWing Now On Sale At Seeed Studio For $19.99

Here at Gadget Factory we’re getting a little into the holiday spirit , and are happy to announce that the Papilio Arcade MegaWing is on sale for a special promotional price of only $19.99, down from $34.99 at Seeed Studio!  This is a limited-time promotion – get yours now while supplies last!  If you already own the Papilio One 500k, the Arcade Megawing is a wonderful add-on to bring classic, no-hassle arcade gaming under your control!

Welcome to the Papilio Arcade – the ultimate hardware for arcade game hacking.  Whether you’re a classic game enthusiast or developer, an arcade cabinet hobbyist, a demoscener, or hardware hacker, the Papilio Arcade is rife with possibilities for you to explore. Hack away, and learn through your own experimentation and study.  Use the motherboards from arcade classics like Pac-Man, Frogger, Galaxian, Space Invaders, and more – all in one place, on one board – the Papilio Arcade.

The Papilio Arcade is based on an FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) which allows the user to tell the hardware what to be – not just what to do.  In addition to the Papilio Arcade’s ability to become an actual motherboard for classic games like Pac-Man and others, since it is FPGA-based it provides endless potential for other classic arcade and homebrew games to be added!

Here’s a link to our product page on Seeed Studio – why not get started now?!!  For only $19.99, you don’t have an excuse any more!

Love, The Gadget Factory Team

 

News: EagleUp For Viewing Hardware Designs In Google SketchUp

 

Here’s an interesting article we found on Hackaday about a software solution called EagleUp, which can open your PCB designs in SketchUp and will give you a 3-d rendering of your hardware.

“This is a wonderful way to make sure that your enclosure designs are going to work without needing to wait for the PCBs to arrive from the fab house. It is available for Windows, OSX and Linux…”

Check out the original article after the jump, and feel free to weigh in in the comments section.  Has anyone used this yet?  What did you think?

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