Point to point PONG!

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  1. v8ltd

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    Hi all,
    As a follow up to my point to point wired transistor clock I thought that it would be fun to try and build a replica of the original Atari Pong video game using the same point to point wiring method.
    This proved to be quite an exercise as one bad connection would lead to the whole thing not working, and there are thousands of connections!

    I will let the pictures do the talking:

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    And to prove that it does work:

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    The whole thing took ~3 months to complete including the machining of the poly carbonate case. I used a combination of mostly ttl and some cmos ICs.
    All that is left to do now is complete the casings for both hand controllers.

    Cheers
     
  2. adz

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    That's so freakin' cool :leet: The exposed wiring and overall finish looks awesome, well done :thumbup:
     
  3. macplus

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    Looks fantastic! Great job.
     
  4. partybear

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    Man that is really nice looking, well worth the effort.
     
  5. the3coopers

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    HOLY SHIT

    Somewhere about mum's place I have an original pong kit that uses similar chips (but on a PCB).

    I bought the kit from a electronics place in Hornsby (Sydney) and built it with my dad.

    Gosh I need to find that thing... it's in a document archive box (for a case) as that was the way that they got the kit price down low enough to be viable.
     
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  6. oculi

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    Insulated wire? weak.

    Just kidding, that's crazy!
     
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    So, what's next next now Gil?
     
  9. shredder

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    Man, there is a LOT of work in that, you must have the patience of a saint. Awesome work!

    Had enough soldering for awhile I guess?
     
  10. dohzer

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    Is there a NTSC/PAL/similar video generation chip? (the .pdf is taking forever to download...)

    EDIT: Loaded... and nope, but the circuit for that part is pretty cool.
     
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  11. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Can't believe the amount of wiring involved. Well done, that's an incredible effort, I'm staggered :thumbup:
     
  12. KiwiShamoo

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    And on the 8th day, God created MAME
     
  13. shredder

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    Are you suggesting that even God emulates what v8ltd has done with his bare hands?? Good call! :p
     
  14. mjunek

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    Correct me if I'm wrong - but are all those leads soldered directly onto the IC's without using sockets?
    If so - damn dude, that's awesome. One dodgy IC and that's alot of repair!

    Pong on 50" TV. Awesome.

    Well done all round! I'm impressed :)
     
  15. Davo1111

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    Have you got a wiring diagram?
     
  16. v8ltd

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    Thanks for all the positive comments guys! :D
    I was almost surprised that it worked at all considering the static sensitivity of CMOS ICs and the fact that all chips were soldered to directly..

    Initially I was going to make this all with DTL logic, that is only diodes, resistors, capacitors, transistors but that would have been a bit too much work..
     
  17. v8ltd

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    What would you sugest? :)
     
  19. v8ltd

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    That would be awesome to see if you could find it!
     
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    OP, you are my new hero - congrats on the good work :thumbup:
     

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