Gert VGA 666
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Gert VGA 666 – Hardware VGA for Raspberry Pi

5 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)

$8.14

The Gert VGA 666 (6 bits per colour channel, hence 666) is a breakout/add on board for the Raspberry Pi Model B+ (will not work with Model A/B as the additional GPIO pins on the Model B+ are required). It is an open source hardware design recently released publicly by Gert van Loo who was one of the hardware engineers that was instrumental in the initial design of the original Raspberry Pi (also one of the chip architects on the BCM2835 chip at the heart of the Raspberry Pi) and someone that many of you may have spoken to at Raspberry Jams or on the Raspberry Pi forums. This was announced on the Raspberry Pi website and the full design files, schematics and other details are available on GitHub.
Also check this article for a complete How-To and additional material.

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(Leading photo taken by Alex Eames of RasPi.TV at a recent CamJam)

The Gert VGA 666 (6 bits per colour channel, hence 666) is a breakout/add on board for the Raspberry Pi Model B+ (will not work with Model A/B as the additional GPIO pins on the Model B+ are required). It is an open source hardware design recently released publicly by Gert van Loo who was one of the hardware engineers that was instrumental in the initial design of the original Raspberry Pi (also one of the chip architects on the BCM2835 chip at the heart of the Raspberry Pi) and someone that many of you may have spoken to at Raspberry Jams or on the Raspberry Pi forums. This was announced on the Raspberry Pi website and the full design files, schematics and other details are available on GitHub.
Also check this article for a complete How-To and additional material.

It is a neat and very useful solution for using a VGA screen/monitor with your Raspberry Pi and is far cheaper than an HDMI to VGA adapter or similar. The VGA connection is driven natively in hardware over the GPIO pins (using a parallel interface) and uses around the same CPU load as the HDMI connection on board. It is capable of displaying 1080p60 VGA video with no CPU load. It is also possible to drive this interface at the same time as the HDMI connection, so a dual screen set up is also possible.

This add on was not possible on the Model A and B pis, because not all of the required pins had been brought out to the GPIO header. Yet another awesome upgrade that the Model B+ has allowed for!

GERT VGA 666 KIT CONTENTS

  • 1 x Gert VGA 666 PCB
  • 1 x 40 pin GPIO header connector
  • 1 x 15 pin female VGA connector
  • 20 x through hole resistors (2*120 Ohm, 3*499 ohm, 3*1kOhm, 3*2kOhm, 3*4kOhm, 3*8kOhm, 3*16kOhm)
  • 2 x  Pi Supply Stickers

PLEASE NOTE: this add on board uses all but 6 of the GPIO pins on the Model B+ Raspberry Pi so it may not be possible to use other add on boards at the same time as the VGA adapter.

WHY A KIT?

We love electronics kits for a multitude of reasons – they are fun to put together, you get a sense of achievement at the end of it, they are great for learning about soldering and electronics and many many more reasons…

At Pi Supply we are quite keen on the whole education and fun aspect of the Raspberry Pi and computing and electronics in general, so we feel that a kit is much more worthwhile to all of our backers. However, you don’t need to be a soldering god or an electronics pro to put our kits together – Gert has made this simple enough even for absolute beginners to put together. The images in this project show surface mount resistors, however for the purposes of the kit we will be supplying all through hole components.

There was also a concern about EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) regulations which could cause a problem if made as a fully assembled board. This regulation does not cover home made electronics and so a kit makes more sense for this reason as well.

Additional Information

Weight 0.040 kg
Dimensions 13.5 x 10 x 2 cm

5 reviews for Gert VGA 666 – Hardware VGA for Raspberry Pi

  1. 5 out of 5

    :

    As advertised. A great kit. My big concern is for those of us who are new to the world of electronics. I had a lot of trouble reading the resistor code. on them, I figured it out, but someone I got one for wasn’t as lucky. Possibly labeling the resistors would be beneficial for the kit. or a legend with corresponding PCB locations.

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Items are good… But for electronic geeks. I expected to have “ready consumer” item, but this must be prepared, soldered myself. Not what I expected. 🙁

    Ok, now searching for HDMI to VGA converter (consumer one, not “geek” one)

    5. stars anyway!

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    As advertised. A great kit. NO concerns for those of us who are new to the world of electronics. No trouble reading the resistor code on them, because they were labeled with a sticker on them! Easy to put things together with the manual on this site. Resistors are labeled on the image with colors.

  4. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I also thought that it was assembled, but It was very fun assemble it.
    http://imgur.com/HGrvYHt
    http://imgur.com/3C9uaYr
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    http://imgur.com/3C9uaYr

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    The card outputs a much better image than I had expected and was not at all as hard to assemble as I had thought. A great cheap way to provide a vga interface, and a fun way to pass an hour (building it). A 19 inch VGA monitor sure beats a 14 inch portable TV. A marvelous little kit.

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