Give your microcontroller projects VGA/SVGA output

Give your microcontroller projects VGA/SVGA output

Posted on 25. Mar, 2011 by in Misc Modules

Thanks to this tiny Picaso VGA/SVGA controller, any of your microcontroller projects can output a video signal to provide feedback, debugging, or anything else you can dream of.

If you have a couple of pins to spare on your microcontroller, you can control a VGA monitor. At least if you use a module like this Picaso controller from SparkFun.

The module provides some simple commands for displaying text and doing basic things like changing screen colors and drawing shapes. All of these commands are issued via a standard serial connection, so even the lowliest of projects can qualify!

Some features of the PIcaso VGA/SVGA controller module include:

  • Standard 15 pin VGA output connector.
  • Built-in microSD card reader to hold custom graphics/etc.
  • Runs on 4-5.5 volts.
  • Standard serial port interface to your project.
  • Upgradable firmware always keeps you up-to-date.

It wasn't that long ago that the thought of driving a standard VGA monitor was simply too difficult and now, just plop a module like this down and you're off an running. Grab the Picaso VGA Controller for $55.

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