F21: V.G.A.

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Grading Criteria

  • How well is Software & Hardware Design described?
  • How well can this report be used to reproduce this project?
  • Code Quality
  • Overall Report Quality:
    • Software Block Diagrams
    • Hardware Block Diagrams
      Schematic Quality
    • Quality of technical challenges and solutions adopted.

Treasure Dive



Objectives & Introduction

Show list of your objectives. This section includes the high level details of your project. You can write about the various sensors or peripherals you used to get your project completed.

Team Members & Responsibilities

  • Brian Ho
  • Billy Lai
  • Jasdip Sekhon
  • Isaac Wahhab


Week# Start Date End Date Task Status
  • 09/21/2021
  • 09/27/2021
  • Read previous projects, gather information and discuss among the group members.
  • Initial ordering of parts (LPC 4088 board, 64x64 LED screen)
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • 09/28/2021
  • 10/04/2021
  • Submit project proposals
  • Completed
  • 10/05/2021
  • 10/11/2021
  • Test if board can drive VGA
  • Test varying clock rates
  • Hardware cursor on VGA
  • Rough display driver
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • 10/12/2021
  • 10/18/2021
  • DAC resistor ladder
  • RGB channels
  • Palette shifting
  • Measure memory buffer writing timing
  • Wiki schedule planning
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • 10/19/2021
  • 10/25/2021
  • Calculate upper-bound for VGA refresh timings
  • Create GitLab repository for project
  • Joystick functionality
  • SD card driver
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • 10/26/2021
  • 11/01/2021
  • Audio peripheral
  • Wireless communication using Zigbee module
  • PCB planning
  • Accelerometer driver
  • Continue SD card driver
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • 11/02/2021
  • 11/08/2021
  • Continue audio peripheral
  • Continue wireless communication using Zigbee module
  • Continue accelerometer driver
  • PCB finalizing and ordering
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • 11/09/2021
  • 11/15/2021
  • Convert PNG data to graphics format
  • Game background functionality
  • Sprite functionality
  • User interface
  • Integrate components
  • Initial testing
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • 11/16/2021
  • 11/22/2021
  • Continue everything from last week
  • Game physics (wall collision and AI movement)
  • Measurements for wooden case
  • Art assets (audio and visual)
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • 11/23/2021
  • 11/29/2021
  • Fine-tune user experience
  • Make case
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • 11/30/2021
  • 12/06/2021
  • Continue fine-tune user experience
  • Integrate hardware
  • Completed
  • Completed
  • 12/07/2021
  • 12/16/2021
  • Final testing
  • Final demo
  • Completed
  • Completed

Parts List & Cost

Give a simple list of the cost of your project broken down by components. Do not write long stories here.


Item# Part Description Part Model & Vendor Quantity Cost
1 Microcontroller Board LPC4088-32 Developer's Kit 1 $500.00
2 Microcontroller Board SJ2 Board 1 $50.00
3 Bluetooth Module Digi XBee-S1 2 N/A
4 DAC PCB JLCPCB (Set of 5) 1 $15.00
4 Monitor Asus TFT Monitor 1 N/A

Design & Implementation

The design section can go over your hardware and software design. Organize this section using sub-sections that go over your design and implementation.

Hardware Design

Discuss your hardware design here. Show detailed schematics, and the interface here.

Hardware Interface

In this section, you can describe how your hardware communicates, such as which BUSes used. You can discuss your driver implementation here, such that the Software Design section is isolated to talk about high level workings rather than inner working of your project.

Software Design

Show your software design. For example, if you are designing an MP3 Player, show the tasks that you are using, and what they are doing at a high level. Do not show the details of the code. For example, do not show exact code, but you may show psuedocode and fragments of code. Keep in mind that you are showing DESIGN of your software, not the inner workings of it.


This section includes implementation, but again, not the details, just the high level. For example, you can list the steps it takes to communicate over a sensor, or the steps needed to write a page of memory onto SPI Flash. You can include sub-sections for each of your component implementation.

Testing & Technical Challenges

Describe the challenges of your project. What advise would you give yourself or someone else if your project can be started from scratch again? Make a smooth transition to testing section and described what it took to test your project.

Include sub-sections that list out a problem and solution, such as:

<Bug/issue name>

Discuss the issue and resolution.


Conclude your project here. You can recap your testing and problems. You should address the "so what" part here to indicate what you ultimately learnt from this project. How has this project increased your knowledge?

Project Video

Upload a video of your project and post the link here.

Project Source Code



Any acknowledgement that you may wish to provide can be included here.

References Used

List any references used in project.


You can list the references you used.