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Neotron Pico

A Neotron system powered by the Raspberry Pi Pico, in a micro-ATX form-factor.

The Neotron Pico is based around the idea of the Neotron-32, but using a low-cost Raspberry Pi Pico instead of a Texas Instuments Tiva-C Launchpad. It also stretches out to full micro-ATX size, and adds more expansion slots so that you can easily design and add your own peripherals.

The Raspberry Pi Pico is the core of the Neotron Pico. It uses PIO statemachines to generate 12-bit Super VGA video, and digital 16 bit 48 kHz stereo audio. It also has both I²C and SPI buses. SPI chipselects and IRQs are handled by an SPI-to-GPIO expander. This provides eight chip-selects and eight IRQs, to support up to eight expansion slots or peripherals. The eight chip-selects are gated with a tri-state bus transceiver, allowing the Pico to talk to either the I/O exander, or the selected expansion slot. The board has an SD Card fitted in the ‘Slot 1’ position, and the Board Management Controller in the ‘Slot 0’ position, leaving ‘Slot 2’ through to ‘Slot 7’ available for expansion. Each expansion slot has both I²C and SPI, along with unique chip-select and IRQ signals.”

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