uChip Simple VGA Console (uSVC)

by ITACA Innovation

Portable, DIY, open hardware retro-gaming console

View all updates Mar 04, 2021

Standalone uChip Microcontroller Board now Available

by Antonio Rizzo

Hi there,

We are excited to announce that thanks to Crowd Supply we managed to add a 4th Kit which includes the heart of uSVC: uChip.

uChip (read you-chip) is the core of uSVC. It features a CortexM0+ along with several interesting features such as OTG capabilites and a powerful step-down switching converter. Over the course of the campaign, we’ve received a few requests for an extra uChip as a standalone apart from the uSVC. With help from Crowd Supply, we managed to create the new kit!

uChip supports several programming languages and environments, from the traditional Arduino IDE to the most recent CircuitPython to good old BASIC.

The uChip Kit comes with unsoldered headers, but they are included in the package so you can solder them yourself according to the needs of your particular project. The uChip can run Atmel Studio or the Arduino IDE out-of-the-box. However, there a few steps you’ll need to take in order to load the firmware needed to run CircuitPython or the BASIC onboard translators. There’s lots more detail and specifics about all this in the uChip documentation and resource pages.

Finally, here is a picture of new uChip kit in its lovely packaging. Please ask us anything about it.

Cheers!
Antonio


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$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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