Built especially to showcase the low cost, feature-rich RP2040 chip on the Raspberry Pi Pico, this board has VGA output, an SD card slot, digital I2S audio output, and more!
Based on the reference design by Raspberry Pi, the Pimoroni Pico VGA Demo Base is a great way to start experimenting with Raspberry Pi Pico/RP2040. It's the perfect way to demo some of the fun things you can achieve with the RP2040 microcontroller such as generating a solid VGA output without taxing the CPU at all!
- Amaze your friends by showing them you still own a D-sub cable!
- Bask in the glory of 15-bit analogue video!
- Get teary-eyed over the warm, authentic, RC filtered PWM audio!
This board will run the various video example programs that Raspberry Pi have put together to demonstrate features of the RP2040.
Please note that VGA Demo Base only currently works with the C/C++ Pico SDK!
A Raspberry Pi Pico is not included - click here if you'd like to buy one. Your Pico will need to have male headers soldered to it with the pins pointing downwards (or grab one of our pre-soldered Picos).
- 15-pin VGA (D-sub) connector
- PCM5100A DAC for line out audio over I2S (datasheet)
- PWM audio output
- SD card slot
- Reset button
- Female headers to install your Raspberry Pi Pico
- Three user-controllable switches
- Rubber feet
- Compatible with Raspberry Pi Pico
- No soldering required (as long as your Pico has header pins attached)
- Programmable with C/C++
The pin-out of our board is the same as Raspberry Pi's reference board, you can find it in chapter 3 of Hardware Design with RP2040 along with more general info about the VGA reference board.
To run the audio and video examples in Raspberry Pi's experimental repos, first make sure you have up to date versions of pico-extras and pico-playground. When building the examples, you will need to specify the board configuration so that the examples use the correct pins. You can do this by creating a new build directory and then specifying the board definition when using cmake:
cmake -D"PICO_BOARD=vgaboard" ..
There are more details on how to build applications with custom board configurations in Appendix D / page 267 of the C/C++ SDK documentation.
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