MSP430 Launchpad GamingPack

in MSP430 by DP | 5 comments

Max, Brittany, and Kathleen designed a gaming console extension for the MSP430 LaunchPad. It’s called the GamingPack, and it’s based on the similar Arduino shield Gameduino. It features a Spartan 3A FPGA which handles both video VGA output, and input from two NES controllers.

Based on the Gameduino, the GamingPack transforms your MSP430 LaunchPad into a full fledged gaming console complete with audio / video output and two Nintendo controller sockets. Just hookup your computer monitor, plug in a controller and you’ll be writing games in no time.

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  1. gregor says:

    wery interesting

  2. cubeberg says:

    I wouldn’t mind getting one of these – too bad the project page doesn’t say if it’s up for sale.

    • r4k says:

      It looks like the Gameduino (from which this board is based) can be driven by any source that has an SPI interface.

  3. John U says:

    Why not just emulate the MSP430 in the Spartan?

    • boz says:

      The FPGA/JTAG is exposed I guess you could emulate a small CPU, but the IP for the 430 CPU is very unlikely to be available.

      Could this work stand-alone? You should be able to do quite a few of the old classic games on the FPGA sans MPS430

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