So, when I "moved" to ModRetro, I pretty much disappeared on here. I decided to pay homage to the site that originally fathered me and post my Stella worklog here! I also noticed that some older members are returning, so perhaps I'll hop on the bandwagon.
So yeah, this portable is called Stella. Atari developers had code-named the Atari 2600 that during development, then named it the "Video Computer System" when it was released. Pretty lame in my opinion, so I'm going with Stella as the name for this portable.
Uses an Atari Flashback 2
Hopefully will have room for the cartridge slot
2 GBASP batteries for a total of 3.7v, 1200mAh
Uses a GBC 5v step-up to power the screen and FB2
FITS IN A POCKET! The case is what an iPod Touch comes in, and it's pretty small. The dimensions are 5x3x1-1/8".
Has built-in paddle controller.
Will have a 2nd player port
Will have a/v out
Progress so far:
Everything running sans audio amp and controller. It is actually hooked up to a GBP step-up in this photo, but it couldn't handle the amps and would get too hot. I switched to a GBC step-up. It barely gets warm.
Preparations to chop the board up. There are a couple resistors and caps there from the 2nd player port (for the paddle controllers). They are extremely small! It tok about 15 minutes to solder them. Then I flooded them with hot glue.
See the middle section there? The two sides are going to be cut off leaving just the square, middle piece. It has all the important stuff.
Case so far. The orange paint on the middle plastic piece is the color the portable will be painted.
Comparison to a GBC:
Tomorrow, I wet sand and paint the front half of the case. I need to buy some clear coat, paint always seems to come off of portables. Stay tuned!