A520HD - Commodore Amiga RGB to HDTV Component Adapter

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A520HDThe GGLABS A520HD is the HDTV equivalent of the classic Commodore A520 TV modulator. Instead of encoding the Amiga video signal to a low quality composite output it converts the RGB output to a high quality YPbPr signal compatible with HDTVs with a component input. The A520HD connects to the Amiga 23-pin video port and is powered directly from the system.

The design is heavily based on our GS2HD released a few months ago.
The circuit is pretty straightforward. U1A, U2A and U3A buffer and amplify the RGB signals (standard non inverting configuration with a gain of 2). U1B, U2B and U3B perform the matrix transformation from RGB to YPbPr according to the standard coefficients for SDTV.

Y = 0.299 * R + 0.587 * G + 0.114 * B
Pb = -0.169 * R - 0.331 * G + 0.500 * B
Pr = 0.500 * R - 0.419 * G - 0.081 * B

L1, L2 and the associated capacitors provide a cleaned up power rails for the sensitive video circuits.

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The basic circuit will work with pretty much any operational amplifier. However to achieve good video quality a high speed opamp optimized for video applications is required. Suitable devices are Analog Devices AD8056ANZ and Texas Instruments LM6172IN.

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Nice product, I'd like to build it. As you freely distribute the Gerber files, is there a chance that we could have the board files for this so we can panelize the design before sending it off to manufacturing? If not, could you please design a panel (4 boards in one panel, smaller than 10x10 cm) and let us use the Gerbers, please?

Best regards,

Any PCB manufacturer should be able to use the gerber files to create an array for more efficient SMT assembly.
Please respect the GPL v3 when building the boards.

When will you be producing more A520HD adapters?

We are working on an new design that improves compatibility with certain TV sets.

That's great news. Thanks :-)

The A520HD is great – thanks for sharing the design files! When building one adapter for my own use, I noticed that the silkscreen print of R19 and R25 has been swapped by mistake. Maybe you can correct this for a new revision of the gerber files?

Best regards,

Good catch. R19 and R25 are indeed swapped in the silkscreen.

Need one of these!

Are you going to have any more of this product for sale ? I am extremely interesting to purchase one.

I'm very interested in the new version when it's available! I'm wondering if there is any update on the status?

The current design is incompatible with TVs that cannot handle 240p.
Sadly many modern LCDs have this issue. I am working on a fix, but I haven't had enough time to do proper testing.
Hopefully something will show up before the end of the year.

Re: The current design is incompatible with TVs that cannot handle 240p.

There are a number of very inexpensive (< $25) component to HDMI adapters available that will accept 480i that should work with this converter as it is.

I'm so stoked about this. Back in the days when I began firing up Amigas again, scandoublers were hard to come by. I finally got a hold on an old one, but it's kind of faulty, so I never got to really using native Amiga video signal on larger, more modern screens.

I would totally buy your scandoubler. All this message just to add to the list of interested people.

Congrats on contributing to keeping the right stuff up and running!

thanks for the feedback.
Please note that this unit is not a scan doubler. Its functionality relies on the scaler/scan doubler that is already in a moder HDTV.

This is great stuff. Any chance to have these back in stock soon? Also, I wonder if the R19<->R25 swap has been fixed in the current silk screen? (being that the comment was 2017 it probably is, but just wanted to confirm)

I am planning to do a new build. The main challenge is to source the DB23 connectors which are becoming very rare. I have a few quotes for new tooling but these are in excess of $5K plus a minimum order of 10,000pcs.