RGB4ALL – composite and s-video module

… or a “built-in modulator” for your retro thingy 😉

Yes, I was away from the keyboard for a while ;P

The “why ?”

So this idea came after I’ve bought a CPC 464 followed by a gray speccy +2.
Both machines are outputting RGB signal that is quite solid if you have a proper and dedicated cable. Problem is that I am tired of making a cable for every machine that I own. I’ve figured that it would be very handy to have some sort of a small modulator on a PCB that is capable of outputting composite or even better, s-video signal. Obviously, I started to look for an existing solution and I’ve found one. There is an excellent article on CPCWIKI that describes how it is done in a CPC world.
Bryce created a very nice solution based on an AD724 chip. That chip can handle RGB input signal and convert it to either composite or s-video – which is exactly what I need. However, I decided to make my own PCB. I wanted to have s-video and composite outputs on a single PCB.

Work in progress

Of course, I had to start with my own board layout so after a while …

Yes, I know, I am not a routing PRO 😉

A few days later, the first batch of PCBs and parts arrived so I could start working again.




Sometime later I had the first unit ready for testing.






Testing

Amiga 500 was the first in a row to be tested.




Here is an outcome.

Composite video



S-Video


I was super happy with an end result.
I only had to look for a nice place to install a PCB.
At first, I came up with an idea to remove the original RGB socket and put my module in sockets place. I’ve even 3D printed support for a PCB (red ABS).

However, after a few shots of 40% tea ;P … and some talks with my fellow friends from Lamers, I decided that It has to be moved somewhere else. If I remember correctly, Wiecz0r/Lamers pointed out that some people might wanna use RGB SCART cable that they already own. Obviously, another good place to mount my module was right next to a motherboard – right under a floppy drive.

I must admit, that drilling a plastic case with 12mm drill is extremely hard.
It tears too much material at a time. Using a different tool and finishing a hole for cables with a file was so much better idea 😀


CPC 464 was another machine waiting for some tests.


It took me a while to find proper solder points.


This time, previously 3D printed support, turned out to be quite handy 🙂




Here is how it works.

Composite video




S-Video




I was a bit skeptical at first. I thought that RGB->S-Video or Composite will look like the output from an old A520 modulator for Amiga, but after some tests, I am super happy with the quality of this mod.
Even composite video is way better than through original A500 modulator.

This mod available via our online store

Atari 520 ST, Atari 1040 STe and Grey 128 +2 are waiting for this mod too 🙂

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