Features

  • Useful solution for using a VGA screen/monitor with your Raspberry Pi
  • The VGA connection is driven natively in hardware over the GPIO pins
  • Capable of displaying 1080p60 VGA video with no CPU load.
  • It is possible to drive this interface at the same time as the HDMI connection, so a dual screen setup is possible.


The Pi Supply Gert 666 Hardware VGA Kit for Raspberry Pi (6 bits per colour channel, hence 666) is a breakout/add-on board for the Raspberry Pi Model B+ (will not work with Model A/B as the additional GPIO pins on the Model B+ are required). It is an open-source hardware design recently released publicly by Gert van Loo who was one of the hardware engineers that was instrumental in the initial design of the original Raspberry Pi (also one of the chip architects on the BCM2835 chip at the heart of the Raspberry Pi) and someone that many of you may have spoken to at Raspberry Jams or on the Raspberry Pi forums.

It is a neat and very useful solution for using a VGA screen/monitor with your Raspberry Pi and is far cheaper than an HDMI to VGA adapter or similar. The VGA connection is driven natively in hardware over the GPIO pins (using a parallel interface) and uses around the same CPU load as the HDMI connection on board. It is capable of displaying a 1080p60 VGA video with no CPU load.

It is also possible to drive this interface at the same time as the HDMI connection, so a dual-screen setup is also possible. This add-on was not possible on the Model A and B pis, because not all of the required pins had been brought out to the GPIO header. Yet another awesome upgrade that the Model B+ has allowed for!

Gert VGA 666 Kit Contents

  • 1 x Gert VGA 666 PCB
  • 1 x 40 pin GPIO header connector
  • 1 x 15 pin female VGA connector
  • 20 x through-hole resistors (2*120 Ohm, 3*499 ohm, 3*1kOhm, 3*2kOhm, 3*4kOhm, 3*8kOhm, 3*16kOhm)
  • 2 x Pi Supply Stickers

    Please note: this add-on on board uses all but 6 of the GPIO pins on the Model B+ Raspberry Pi so it may not be possible to use other add on boards at the same time as the VGA adapter.

    Why a kit?

    We love electronics kits for a multitude of reasons - they are fun to put together, you get a sense of achievement at the end of it, they are great for learning about soldering and electronics and many many more reasons...

    Physical
    In The Box1 x Gert VGA 666 PCB 1 x 40 pin GPIO header connector 1 x 15 pin female VGA connector 20 x through hole resistors (2120 Ohm, 3499 ohm, 31kOhm, 32kOhm, 34kOhm, 38kOhm, 316kOhm) 2 x Pi Supply Stickers
    Form FactorKit
    Attributes
    Card TypeCircuit Board
    Interfaces/Ports
    Internal Connectors1 x 40 pin GPIO header
    External Connectors1 x VGA