About this project
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! WE ARE SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED!!
WHERE TO BUY AFTER KICKSTARTER ENDS?
If you have found this page after the end date (8pm UK time, 7th October 2014) then please visit our website at www.pi-supply.com in order to purchase a Gert VGA 666 kit. The direct link is at http://www.pi-supply.com/product/gert-vga-666-hardware-vga-raspberry-pi/ however this may change in the future. We will also be releasing further products, product information and downloads and various other bits and bobs on our website and Kickstarter in the future. So make sure to keep an eye on our blog at www.pi-supply.com/blog and please follow our Facebook and Twitter pages at www.facebook.com/raspisupply and www.twitter.com/PiSupply. Thanks for all of your support!
WHAT IS IT?
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.
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!
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.
GERT VGA 666 KIT CONTENTS
- ONE Gert VGA 666 PCB
- ONE 40 pin GPIO header connector
- ONE 15 pin female VGA connector
- TWENTY through hole resistors (2*120 Ohm, 3*499 ohm, 3*1kOhm, 3*2kOhm, 3*4kOhm, 3*8kOhm, 3*16kOhm)
- TWO Pi Supply Stickers
Our aim with this project is to bring the Gert VGA 666 kit to the masses by providing an easy place to get the PCB and all the components in one go. This is essentially a group buy, to get the pricing down to a suitable level for everyone.
WHY A KIT? WHY NOT SURFACE MOUNT?
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 c
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.
REWARDS AND DELIVERY
We already have the design and a working prototype (Gert has made some, and we have made one of our own) so this is essentially a group buy style project. All we need is 100 people to sign up to receive a Gert VGA 666 kit to get the product to you at a bargain price! Therefore this project is 100% risk free - once we reach our funding target we can then place the orders with our suppliers and everything will be on its way to your doors very soon.
Once the Kickstarter campaign is finished, and assuming we have been successfully funded, the timeline will be as follows:
- one to two weeks to receive TESTER kits from our suppliers and test them
- two to four weeks to finalise everything, run full production, assemble rewards and ship out to our backers.
So we estimate it will take approximately 3 to 6 weeks to fulfil all of the Kickstarter rewards. Therefore, we have placed a fulfillment date of November on the rewards. We do however hope to be able to fulfill the rewards before earlier wherever possible.
As already mentioned above, this project has been released by its creator, Gert van Loo as fully open source hardware under the GPLv3 license. The full set of files are available from GitHub.
WHO ARE WE?
Pi Supply started in 2013 with a project to bring a Raspberry Pi power switch to life. We successfully funded this project on Kickstarter, however that was only the beginning. We then opened a web store at www.pi-supply.com and have begun to fill it with cool things.
However some of the cool things we want to fill it with just do not exist yet - which is why we are bringing them to you here! We have lots of ideas for Raspberry Pi add on boards and acessories and we want to bring those to you over the coming months using Kickstarter as a sounding board for these ideas.
So far we have already had four successfully funded Kickstarter projects, and this has inspired us to keep reeling them out (we already have 6 more in various stages of planning!). Thanks for your help and support in bringing these ideas to reality.
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Thanks for looking at our project and for your support in bringing it to life. Even bigger thanks if you have made a pledge to our project. Even if you can't support with a pledge, why not help us by spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter and any other social networks or blogs you use? And whilst you are there, why not like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at www.facebook.com/raspisupply and www.twitter.com/PiSupply respectively.
KICKING IT FORWARD
This project is part of the Kicking it Forward movement! What this means is that if this project is successful, we will pledge 5% of the profits from the finished project back to the Kickstarter community to help fund the dreams of others. Read more at http://www.kickingitforward.org/ This is something we think is really important to keep this fantastic Kickstarter ecosystem going. And a great way of saying thanks for all the much needed support we have received!
Risks and challenges
There are not many risks and challenges because, as stated above, this is essentially a group buy. The PCB design is already finalised and tested by both Gert and ourselves and is working great.
We already have production quality units in hand and they have been confirmed to be working correctly. We will then run a batch of 20 PCBs in order to ensure quality - 15 of these will be despatched to THE TESTERS and we will test the remaining 5 ourselves. Once we are happy we will then move to full production.
The only risks and challenges are the supply of the PCBs and other rewards themselves, and the reliability of the shipping networks.
We have made sure to get quotes from various suppliers for both PCB manufacture and component supply, which should mitigate any delay should either of them not be able to fulfil our orders in time. We have also made sure to use commonly available components, so that they can easily be sourced from a variety of suppliers.
In terms of shipping, the kits will be assembled as soon as the materials arrive with us. This will not be more than a few weeks after the end of the Kickstarter project, so everyone will have their kits shipped out before the end of November 2014!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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