uChip Simple VGA Console (uSVC)

by ITACA Innovation

Portable, DIY, open hardware retro-gaming console

Mar 31, 2021

Orders Now Shipping

All USVC Kit campaign orders, and most post-campaign pre-orders have shipped. If you have not already, you will receive a tracking number by email. The next batch of USVC kit products is now in transit and will be in stock by the end of April. Read the full update.


Mar 04, 2021

Standalone uChip Microcontroller Board now Available

The uSVC page on Crowd Supply now includes a fourth product! In addition to our 3D-printed enclosure, our cable set, and uSVC itself, we are now selling the brains of the operation: the uChip microcontroller board. This update has all the details about this new kit. Read the full update.


Feb 23, 2021

Sound Tutorial (Part Three)

It's time for the final installment of our Sound tutorial, which explains how to import MIDI sounds and songs into your code, play them with uSVC, and manage your audio output. Read the full update.


Feb 12, 2021

Shipping Soon & Quickstart Resources

Great news for everyone who ordered a uSVC: today we shipped! The kits are on their way to you and after a brief stop at Mouser they will be delivered to your homes. Please take this time to check your delivery address, and update it through your Crowd Supply account if needed. Read the full update.


Feb 03, 2021

Sound Tutorial (Part Two)

We've published our second tutorial on playing sounds with uSVC. In this tutorial, we explore the techniques you will use to reproduce a PCM audio sample, be it the sound of a voice, the squeal of a tire, the boom of an explosion, or something else. You will learn how to prepare and compress an audio sample in order to save space, how to import that sample, and how to play it with uSVC. Read the full update.


Jan 19, 2021

The PCBs Are In!

Our last key component has finally arrived. Have a look... Read the full update.


Jan 14, 2021

Tutorials and 3D-Printed Enclosures

Check out this update to learn about new cases and a new tutorial for uSVC. Read the full update.


Jan 06, 2021

Progress and cables!

Here's an update on our ongoing progress and a look at our newly arrived cable sets. Read the full update.


Dec 16, 2020

Components Have Begun to Arrive!

We received a huge box of parts today, which means we now have all of the through-hole components for all crowdfunded uSVC boards. PCBs are only a few weeks out, so...as of now, we remain on schedule! Read the full update.


Dec 10, 2020

New Releases of uSVC Software and Specs

This post provides lots of links to newly released software (including three games!) and design files. Read the full update.


Dec 04, 2020

Time to Begin Production!

Our campaign has ended, and it was a success! Now it's time to begin production. We're grateful to each of you for your support, and we promise to do our best to keep up the pace. So stay tuned! Read the full update.


Dec 03, 2020

A Tutorial on Reading Input From USB Keyboards & Controllers

Thanks again to everybody who helped us reach our goal. Today is the last day of our crowdfunding campaign, and, to celebrate—you guessed it—we've published another tutorial! This week, we'll walk you through the process of reading input from USB keyboards and controllers. Read the full update.


Dec 02, 2020

Thank You! (Also, check out our tutorial on smooth scrolling!)

We reached out funding goal! Thank you so much for your support! This update also covers our new tutorial on how to code a smooth-scrolling screen. Read the full update.


Nov 25, 2020

Tutorial on Sprites

This update introduces our latest tutorial where we teach you how to draw "sprites" using uSVC. Read the full update.


Nov 17, 2020

More Details About Our 3D-Printed Enclosure

We've been working hard on our case design. Read the full update to see everything we've done. Read the full update.


Nov 16, 2020

AMA this Wednesday & Free Shipping through November 20th

Just a quick post to announce our upcoming Ask Me Anything (AMA) session—on Wednesday, the 18th of November—and to let you know that free US shipping for uSVC will end on Friday the 20th. Read the full update.


Nov 12, 2020

Getting Started Tutorials

This post is the first in a series of tutorials on using the uSVC. Read the full update to get up to speed. Read the full update.


Nov 03, 2020

The Core of uSVC

In this update, we take a look at the core technology at the heart of uSVC. Read the full update for all the details. Read the full update.


Oct 28, 2020

USVC Kernel Source Code Release

We are proud to announce the release of the uSVC kernel source code! Read the full update for details and repo information. Read the full update.


Oct 22, 2020

Crowdfunding Begins!

We are thrilled to announce that crowdfunding is now live for the uChip Simple VGA Console (uSVC), a portable, DIY, open hardware retro-gaming platform. Read the full update.


$5,544 raised

of $2,000 goal

277% Funded! Order Below

Product Choices

$32

uChip Simple VGA Console (uSVC) Kit

One DIY uSVC kit containing all of the components you will need to build your uSVC. The uChip is pre-programmed and MicroSD card slot is pre-soldered. All other parts are easy-to-solder, through-hole components.


$14

3D-Printed Enclosure for uSVC

A stylish, 3D-printed case, designed and printed by Stefano Rubini to the precise specifications of uSVC.


$5

Power & Data Cables

A (male) USB Type-B to (male) USB Type-A power cable and a (female) USB Type-A to (male) Micro-USB OTG cable


$18

uChip Microcontroller Board

Arduino-Zero-compatible microcontroller board in a narrow, DIP-16 package. Includes solder-yourself pin headers.

Credits

ITACA Innovation

ITACA INNOVATION is a project started by four young researchers from Padova with the aim of applying academic knowledge of electronics to practical applications. ITACA supports your ideas by providing all of the technical and engineering knowledge you will need to implement them.


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Antonio Rizzo


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