A double buffered 256 colour VGA library for ChipKIT UNO32
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VGAlib for ChipKIT UNO32.  Not a lot of documentation at the moment.  Take a look at the example which uses all the currently available features.


Copyright Nathan Dumont 2012


GPL v3


VGAOutput screen;

void setup() {
  screen.begin(); // start up VGA

void loop() {
  // do your loop drawing here

  // finally show what you've just drawn (this blocks until the screen has switched frame buffers)


There are 4 drawing functions available at the moment:

line(int x1, int y1, int x2, int y2, char colour)

Draws a line on the screen from x1,y1 to x2,y2.  Colour is the 8 bit value that specifies the output to the DAC the format is rrrgggbb so 0xe0 is red or 0x03 is blue etc.

fill(char colour)

This just fills the whole screen with the specified colour, see above for format

setPixel(int x, int y, char colour)

Sets a single pixel to colour.

blit(int x, int y, int width, int height, char *source)

Copies an area width by height from source onto the screen with the top left at x, y.  The source should be a vector with each line at width pixel spacing and at least height.  Usually you'll want to declare it as a const char [], this means it will be stored only in Flash memory and never copied into RAM (because there isn't enough!).


You can't use delay once the begin() method has been called because it stops the system timer interrupt to avoid loosing monitor sync.  The object uses a massive amount of memory, there are two frame buffers each addresses 8x8 pixel chunks of the 640x480 display so there are 4800 bytes per screen, a total of 9600 bytes.  This leaves just over 6kB for your other code which is fine for a lot of applications but bear this in mind.


The best way to install this from GitHub is click the "Download this repository as a zip" button on the left of the bar above.  Unzip the folder into your MPIDE installation in hardware/pic32/libraries/.  Restart MPIDE after you've done this (if it was running) and the pong2 example should appear in the examples list.