- on Microcontrollers
- Published in issue 10/2000 on page 0
GBDSO Gameboy Digital Sampling Oscilloscope (1)
Convert a Nintendo games console into a portable oscilloscope
The application of dedicated games consoles to more varied functions other than just playing games is fraught with difficulties. Not only do the consoles contain highly integrated and custom-made components, there will often be no publicly available development tools or applications manuals. However the Nintendo Gameboy© is one such system which has received considerable attention from the hobby designer and enjoys a large selection of both technical and software support through a network of websites.The attraction of using a mass produced console soon becomes clear when the time and cost involved in producing a general purpose portable instrument with processor, LCD display and user interface, not to mention the moulded case, sound system and serial port, are considered.