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Gert's Passive VGA Adapter 666 for Raspberry Pi (3, 2, B+, A+ & Zero)

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The Gert's Passive VGA Adapter 666 (6-bits per colour channel) is a breakout/add on board for Raspberry Pi (3, 2, B+, A+ & Zero). It is an open source hardware by Gert van Loo. The full design files, schematics and other details are available on GitHub.

It is a neat and very useful solution for using a VGA screen / monitor with your Raspberry Pi (3, 2, B+, A+ & Zero) and is far cheaper than a HDMI to VGA adapter. The VGA connection is driven natively in hardware over the GPIO pins (i.e. BCM2836 or BCM2835 CPU has a parallel display interface on the pins) and uses around the same CPU load as the HDMI connection on board.

The VGA output supports the same resolutions as the HDMI one (i.e. from 640 x 480 up to 1920 x 1080 60 fps). At the highest resolution, the pixel quality is almost as good as the HDMI. It is also possible to drive this VGA interface at the same time as the HDMI connection, so a dual / double screen set up is possible.

  • From 640 x 480 up to 1920 x 1080 60 fps
  • 6-bits per colour channel (RGB)
  • Maximum of 262,144 colours
  • Uses GPIO pins 2-21
  • Only 6 GPIO pins left: 22-27

Please note:
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B (1GB of RAM), Raspberry Pi Model B+ (512MB of RAM), Raspberry Pi Model A+ (256MB of RAM) and Pibow sold separately.

Refer to Quick Start Guide - Gert’s Passive VGA Adapter 666 on our blog for detailed set-up instructions.

This assembled breakout/add on board is RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant.

The Gert's Passive VGA Adapter 666 also fits nicely inside Pibow cases for Raspberry Pi.