Skip to content

SNES2DB9 is a software package to allow implementation of a converter to connect a SNES style gamepad with shift register to a system using the Atari DB9 joystick standard (Atari 2600, C64, Amiga, Atari ST, etc.)

License

simonsunnyboy/SNES2DB9

main
Switch branches/tags

Name already in use

A tag already exists with the provided branch name. Many Git commands accept both tag and branch names, so creating this branch may cause unexpected behavior. Are you sure you want to create this branch?
Code

Latest commit

 

Git stats

Files

Permalink
Failed to load latest commit information.
Type
Name
Latest commit message
Commit time
 
 
doc
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SNES2DB9

(c) 2020 by Matthias Arndt marndt@asmsoftware.de

The MIT License applies. See LICENSE for details.

Abstract

SNES2DB9 is a software package to allow implementation of a converter to connect a SNES style gamepad with shift register to a system using the Atari DB9 joystick standard (Atari 2600, C64, Amiga, Atari ST, etc.)

Features

  • reusable software control, independant of microcontroller and hardware
  • configurable button mapping for fire, autofire and jump mapping
  • sample implementation with Arduino Nano
  • sample implementation with ATtiny84 microcontroller
  • full user requirement and system requirement specifications

System components

  • spec contains user requirement and system requirement specifications including basic schematics
  • code/common contains the reusable software core written in C99
  • code/Arduino contains test programs and sample implementation as Arduino sketches
  • code/ATtiny84 contains sample implementation with ATtiny84 controller
  • doc contains infrastructure and output for Doxygen
  • unittest contains a PC based unittest for the reusable software core

ATtiny84 implementation

The ATtiny84 implementation can be build via Cmake. The GNU toolchain for AVR must be installed.

This provides a full implementation of the user requirements.

The controller is suppossed to be powered by the DB9 connector +5V supply.

Pin mappings

The implementation was build with perforated board. Pin connections reflect the layout of this particular prototype.

Pullup and pulldown resistor configuration

  • SNES data and clock pins use the internal pullup resistor of the AVR.
  • SNES latch is idle low and this connected with an external pulldown resistor of 10K to GND

Arduino sketches

The Arduino sketches have been used on Arduino Nano. Pin configurations shall be adapted if necessary.

The used parts of the reusable software core and symlinked into the sketch directories to share the main source.

If your development platform does not support symlinks, you may need to copy over the corresponding files into the sketch directories.

Power supply

All Arduino sketches work when powered from the DB9 +5V pin. Connect it to the corresponding line on the Arduino.

Sketch ''DB9JoystickSimu''

Sketch to test giving Atari style joystick inputs to a target system. Active directions or the firebutton are pulled to low.

Sketch ''SNESReader''

Sketch to test and debug the SNESReader implementation with a slow polling cycle on real hardware.

Nice to observe the serial read process with a logic analyzer.

Sketch ''SNES2DB9Prototype''

Sketch with early prototype implementation displaying SNES gamepad button states via the Arduino serial port.

The polling cycle is slow so buttons have to be pressed for a few seconds to see a reaction.

Sketch ''SNES2DB9''

This sketch implements the basic user requirements and may be used as a starting point for your own hardware design.

The implementation is functional as an Atari style joystick.

Unittest

The unittest can be build with CMake on any PC. Support for code coverage reporting via gcov can be enabled.

Each class of the reusable software core is tested through its own test driver. A HTML test report is generated on stdout.

About

SNES2DB9 is a software package to allow implementation of a converter to connect a SNES style gamepad with shift register to a system using the Atari DB9 joystick standard (Atari 2600, C64, Amiga, Atari ST, etc.)

Resources

License

Stars

Watchers

Forks

Releases

No releases published

Packages

No packages published