gscartsw

gscartsw – Automatic 8:2 RGB SCART switch with sync regeneration and sync on green .

Pre-order:
The usual turnaround time per batch is 2 months, 9 weeks to be precise. This is the time between the moment of payment to my manufacturer (China) and me shipping the units to customers (The US). This time I decided to go with rolling PayPal inventory which means that you can backorder as many units as you want (and the current inventory is 0). The moment I have some units, I ship them on first come first serve basis and order more depending on how many units are backordered and so on. This will take some heat off me because apparently it’s never enough units.
Personally I hate pre-orders because some people change their mind later, some change address and overall management is harder, I also don’t like that feeling when I owe something to a lot of people. But at the moment I don’t have enough extra to fund it myself. Especially with this project, most of the funds are going towards manufacturing and not software or my premium, it’s physically expensive to manufacture the switch. What it means is that the moment I make the order, the most of the funds go to PCB manufacturer and part sourcing, laser case cutting, case parts and power supply ordering, shipping charges etc. If then I get a refund request it means that I have to partially refund it from the other sources as I already prepaid manufacturing of the unit. The PayPal case is worse than a refund because the moment it is created they freeze the amount until it is resolved. If there are no funds on PayPal, it goes negative and becomes my liability. Some people create PayPal case just to ask for the status, the others create a case to get a refund but ultimately are making everything worse. You can always reply to paypal transaction mail to reach me in case of problem or you can PM me on the support forum. Open the case only as a last resort.
Now about the current batch, I will split it into two, one will be small and then it will go full scale. That is needed to double check everything. As some of you probably know, I’ve ran a prototype SoG batch where most functionality was tested however I found out that the prototype Altera FPGA IC is too small to handle SoG on HD resolutions. The current design has larger Altera and as a consequence I added more features (and returned EXT header which is removed from the current prototype units). I’m 98% sure it will be allright but I’m not going to risk with this. Simply what it means is that for most people it will take longer than one batch to get their unit. I’ll try to pay more and expedite the process with manufacturer for the first “sub-batch” but at this moment I’m not sure how much time it’ll save. Anyways I always update the support thread with information so you will know what’s going on.
That said I ask everybody, please think twice about making the order, make sure you’ve read and understand everything.

Current version: 5.1

Price: $220

Shipping (USPS):
Domestic (Priority Mail): $17
Canada (First Class Mail International, tracked): $23
International (First Class Mail International, tracked): $30
I don’t offer combined shipping for the following reasons:
1. the international shipping is cheaper if I ship several smaller boxes rather than one larger due to weight;
2. minimizes my fees in an event of a lost package;
3. greatly simplifies my order processing and saves a lot of my time.
I’m not responsible for the customs fees, that’s something which is entirely on you.

Warranty:
I will fix or replace the unit for free in case it stops working the first 180 days after arrival if owner is not at fault, however the owner has to ship the unit here on his own expense. Please take that into account especially if you’re outside of the US as depending on a country the shipping might get expensive. Also I’m not responsible for something lost when being shipped here (never happened so far).
I might also repair the unit if it stopped working because of the owner fault, in most cases I can diagnose the cause pretty accurately but in this case the owner has to cover the repair and return shipping. Also I reserve the right not to repair the unit where owner is at fault (but so far I managed to repair everything except 2 units one of which had trace damage and the other one had everything fried).
Nothing like this usually happens but I have to put this disclaimer here to protect myself.

Information:
This is technically a continuation of gscartsw_lite line but I decided to use the older “gscartsw” name to make it easier for everybody. Anyways I always manufacture one SCART switch version at a time so it seemed like a right decision. The main feature of this revision is Sync-on-Green (SoG) support. The switch will successfully detect SoG signal and convert it to standard RGBS format on output. The sync is separated from green to the standard sync line and is stripped from green, this is needed for full compatibility with some displays to preserve proper color space. If needed, SoG can be forwarded instead of full conversion or sync can be left on the green line, everything is controllable by the DIP switch.
In addition to that I decided to add full audio / video input protection to minimize the damage when incompatible equipment is connected, as it was with WindyGaming SUPERGUN conversion. Please take into account that protection won’t make all the faulty cases work, it’s there just to protect the switch hardware.
The other features are Micro-USB power supply and DIP switch settings. All of the mentioned features added $30 worth of the components alone so I had to increase the final price.

Features:
1. 8 SCART inputs;
2. 2 SCART outputs;
3. Simultaneous output support;
4. Design with focus on video quality;
5. Automatic switching (sync based, no SCART pin 8 / pin 16 lines have to be routed in the cable);
6. HD signal supported (up to 1080p);
7. Sync regeneration;
8. Sync-on-Green to RGBS conversion support;
9. Integrated video amplifier;
10. 4 position DIP switch for configuration;
11. EXT header support to query / override enabled input;
12. Full audio / video input protection;
13. PSU polarity & overvoltage protection;
14. Externally powered by USB (standard Micro-USB +5V connector), hi-quality universal power supply is included.

Discussion / Progress / Support thread:
http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?t=50851

Dimensions:
26 x 13 x 3.5cm

Vertical Mount Brackets:
Wonderful gscartsw user ChrisTheMeat designed vertical mounting brackets and published his work here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2753938

Photos:
(the older gscartsw_lite version, will be updated once I get the final units here) 


(the particular batch units may look a bit different due to parts availability, power supply may look different but it’s guaranteed to be supported by the switch and your power network)