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Pico Fighting Board v1.1 Now Available

Pico Fighting Board v1.1

The new version of the Pico Fighting Board is in stock now! Backorder customers will receive the updated Pico Fighting Board v1.1, and can expect their orders to ship over the next few days.

PFB v1.1 brings the following new and improved features:

  • Added 4-pin JST-PH and STEMMA-QT/Qwiic connectors for I2C devices such as OLED displays
  • Added 4-pin JST-PH for up to 3 programmable buttons (only 1 available if using I2C devices, support coming to GP2040 soon)
  • Updated RGB LED header to 4-pin JST-PH, compatible with the Paradise Arcade Kaimana LEDs using the Kaimana J2 Wiring Harness
  • Updated button labels to the standard arcade layout
  • Added labels to most individual connector pins for clarity
  • Updated power on screw teriminal and 20-pin connector to 5v (PFB v1.0 used 3.3v)
  • Updated RGB LED data and power circuits
  • Added 2-pin 2.54mm male header for a reset button, to help with flashing the board without opening your case
  • Added 4-pin JST-SH connector for debugging

Programmable buttons, RGB LED animation updates, documentation updates and more will be coming in early 2022. Keep an eye on the Pico Fighting Board and GP2040 firmware projects for feature updates!

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Pico Fighting Board v1.1 Finalized

PFB v1.1 Final Design

The Pico Fighting Board will soon be back, and better than ever! We’ve used this restocking opportunity to get input from customers, fightstick enthusiasts and developers to help make the PFB more flexible and reliable than before.

Notable changes from v1.0 to v1.1:

  • Updated screw terminal labels to a more arcade-friendly scheme (same order, different names).
  • Updated RGB LED connector to a JST-PH 4-pin connector, compatible with Paradise Arcade’s Kaiamana LEDs. Just plug them in with their wire harness then configure, no need for their driver PCB!
  • Added 2 expansion ports (1 STEMMA QT/QWIIC compatible) for I2C peripheral support, such as OLED displays and future supported modules.
  • Added connector for up to 3 programmable buttons or analog inputs (only 1 if I2C is used).
  • Added 2-pin header for the RUN pin, which acts as a reset switch and can help get into firmware flash mode without opening the enclosure.
  • Updated screw terminal and 20-pin to use 5v from VBUS instead of 3.3v.
  • Added protection circuit to RGB LEDs.
  • Added debug connector (for the 2 people other than me that may use it).

Every single GPIO pin of the Raspberry Pi Pico is now routed somewhere on the board…and some to more than one place! This allows great flexibility for those that customize GP2040 or use their own firmware with the PFB. Just a note, some features such as programmable buttons and analog support will require a firmware update when GP2040 supports them in the near future.

For those customers who have been kind enough to backorder, know that you will be the first to receive the new and improved Pico Fighting Board v1.1! Our prototype boards will be here any day now and barring any sort of catastrophe, we anticipate the Pico Fighting Board to be back in stock by December 21, 2021, just in time for Christmas! Keep an eye on your email around that time if you’ve put in your order or signed up for restock notifications.

Thanks to all who contributed their feedback on what this next iteration of the Pico Fighting Board has become. Let’s continue to move this market and hobby forward together with interesting and novel ideas!

❤️ Feral

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Pico Fighting Board Sold Out!

The first run of the Pico Fighting Board has sold out! 😲

Thank you to everyone who has taken an interest in both the Pico Fighting Board and GP2040 projects. The response has honestly been surpising and overwhelming for this tiny hobby operation. PFBs have been shipped all over the world and customers should start receiving their product in the next few days.

This is the first batch of PFBs to go out in the wild. We’d like to gather some real world feedback from users before producing the next batch, to ensure the most stable and usable product possible. If you’d like to submit feedback you can join the Discord to discuss, send an email, or create an issue on the Pico Fighting Board Github repository.

The Pico Fighting Board will tentatively be back in stock in mid to late December. In the meantime, it can be backordered which will reserve your PFB’s place in the production process. An exact restock date will be posted once determined and backorder customers will be notified of when to expect fulfillment. For those that don’t want to backorder, we will be adding in-stock email notifications very soon.

Once again, thanks to everyone who is supporting our open source projects. We can’t wait to see the builds you make with your Pico Fighting Boards!

❤️ Feral