Actually, turns out it is easy to drive a VGA output with an FPGA.

Rather than fiddling with soldering, or buying a bigger board if you don’t want to, you can still probably do simple VGA work with a VGA breakout and your CPLD/FPGA.

A couple of dollars saves hours of fiddling.

A couple of dollars saves hours of fiddling.

You can also do HDMI, but that might be a little more fiddly.

So, we can do some VGA work with either the CPLD or smaller FPGA boards so stay tuned.  This VGA breakout is for another series of boards but we can use wirewrapper or other trick to sort that out.

Now, the Pong Game example requires a PS/2 mouse as input – who has one of those anymore??

If you can’t get hold of a PS/2 mouse there are USB to PS/2 adapters you can get.  Of course, who has a USB mouse anymore these days lol

Still, the adapter should help if using the code verbatim.  Otherwise, the code might change a little if we need to use two buttons to move paddle left and right.  We’ll see.

I’ll sort this out on our FPGA board and pump the code into github once it’s done – along with a PDF write up of the experiment – just let me get through this last Masters exam this coming Wednesday.


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