Raspberry Pi enthusiasts may be interested in a new FPGA add-on which has been specifically designed for the Raspberry Pi and offers the ability to build a working SNES / NES.
As well as providing an easy to build games console the add-on board can also be attached to the Raspberry Pi mini PC maths, cypto engine projects and RaspberryPi networking. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about this new Raspberry Pi add-on board.
When the Raspberry Pi came out, I decided to add a FPGA to it to enhance its functionality and provide non-software ( hence no virus nor easily hack-able ) functions for development. ( Like cryptocurrencies algorithm or key generation and keeping ).
In this arrangement the FPGA provides high speed and high precision maths function, the RaspberryPi can provide network connection and display. During the development, as I have a large collection of NES and SNES games, I decided to make a FPGA implementation of the NES / SNES. I have around 300 SNES games and all of them run smoothly.
The parts use for the module is Xilinx XC7A35T – 256 ( a 16×16 1mm BGA ) and a 128K byte RAM. Its worth mentioning the FPGA foot print suits many different densities, the largest is XC7A100T. Please refer to the data sheets for exact specification. XC7A35T with 128K RAM is enough to build an SNES + NES + Atari2600 system on a module with around 80% utilization.
Jump over to the official Kickstarter campaign page via the link below for full specifications and all available pledges. If you enjoy building Pi projects you might be interested in our comprehensive list of Raspberry Pi displays, HATS and small screens.