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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, our 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!
Note: Please note that VGA Demo Base only currently works with the C/C++ Pico SDK!
This board will run the various video example programs that Raspberry Pi has put together to demonstrate the features of the RP2040.
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.