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Building a GameTank of your own

These instructions will apply for building a GameTank with the June 2021 AV board and the August 2022 Compute board.

There may be some revisions based on parts availabilty or to make assembly easier.

Parts

Here's a web tool to generate the Digi-Key and Mouser carts based on your build preferences.

If Bulk Add fails then , save as a text file, and use their CSV upload.

Gerber file packages can be found in the git repo. You'll need both "cpu-blitter-inputs_2022-08-31.zip" and "signals_2021-06-07.zip" which are the bottom and top boards respectively. These can be sent to a service like JLCPCB for manufacture. Since the PCB houses tend to have minimum orders though, I'll also be offering these for sale individually.

Construction

TODO: Add photos, step-by-step instructions.

To guide assembly, the names of all the integreted circuits are written amidst their footprints. Ideally IC sockets from the DigiKey cart are used instead of soldering down the chips directly. The capacitor footprints next to each IC are for the bypass caps. Other passives have their values written next to the footprint, or in the case of the electrolytic capacitors the size of the circle should match the capacitor body.

NOTE: The "LS" designations printed on the board are wrong, actually, for every part on the board except for the 74LS07. These should match the HC, HCT, or AHC parts in the order.

NOTE2: The 74HC163 labeled U$6 on the board should actually be the 74AC161 from your parts order. The '163 and '161 are the same except for their reset behavior, which is unused for U$6. AC is used here instead of HC to provide a strong set of main system clock signals.

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