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Project update 9 of 11
Just a quick and happy update for you today!
The last large remaining task for production is the assembly of the main boards. Our contract assembler already has possession of all the components needed for the project, and all the PCBs have been fabricated.
To avoid any potential mistakes (at the expense of some speed) we asked them to assemble one board and ship it to us for testing before assembling all the rest of them. This ensures that everything works as it should, that all the components are correct and functional, and that the assembly procedures they use are accurate.
We just received this "first article" main board and are thrilled to report that it passes all of our functional tests! This means that full production assembly is now underway.
Some photos of the first article board (with, for no particular reason, a set of PAL chips installed):
As we prepare to ship units out, the documentation is getting closer to completion. One part of the docs concerns how to configure the console for different formats and outputs (eg. PAL, NTSC, RGB). Most users will never need to do this, but anyone who wants to swap their chips probably will.
Here’s a preview of some of that information and some photos illustrating where the settings are configured:
|RP2A03||Ricoh||NTSC||21.477270||Left / NTSC||Left / Disabled|
|RP2A07||Ricoh||PAL||26.601712||Right / PAL||Left / Disabled|
|UA6527||UMC||NTSC||21.477270||Left / NTSC||Left / Disabled|
|UA6527P||UMC||NTSC||26.8465875||Left / NTSC||Right / Enabled|
|UA6540||UMC||PAL||26.601712||Right / PAL||Left / Disabled|
|RP2C02||Ricoh||NTSC||21.477270||Left / REG|
|RP2C03 / RC2C03||Ricoh||NTSC / RGB||21.477270||Left / REG|
|RP2C04||Ricoh||NTSC / RGB||21.477270||Left / REG|
|RC2C05-01 / 02 / 03 / 04||Ricoh||NTSC / RGB||21.477270||Right / 2C05|
|RC2C05-99||Ricoh||NTSC / RGB||21.477270||Left / REG|
|RP2C07||Ricoh||PAL||26.601712||Left / REG|
|UA6528||UMC||NTSC||21.477270||Left / REG|
|UA6541||UMC||PAL||26.601712||Left / REG|
Here are some photos of these switches (S1, S2, and S5) on the main board:
Just a few photos of the assembled console packaging:
The TinyNES source repository is now available!
This repo will continue to be updated moving forward with any changes or additions to the project, including the RGB kit boards, which will be added soon.
We’ve discovered that a lot of clone UA6528 PPU chips are faulty, and they all seem to glitch in a unique and interesting way. Some are actually kind of cool looking! Here’s a very small sampling of a few bad chips. Don’t worry, these chips won’t end up in any assembled units. We’re actually not sure what to do with them…
That’s all for now. Thanks so much for all your patience! We’re getting very close to shipping out your orders!