• GamepadBlock

    Arcade and Original Game Controller USB Interface

  • ControlBlock

    Power Switch, Game Controllers, and I/O for the Raspberry Pi

  • PowerBlock

    A Power Switch for the Raspberry Pi

  • The RetroPie Project

    Welcome to the RetroPie Project. This page provides information about all the pieces of the projects, the goals and should give you an understanding of what the RetroPie Project is.

Welcome!

This site is about various topics from the world of microelectronics, tinkering, software development, and other related topics. You can find our popular Raspberry Pi add-on boards ControlBlock and PowerBlock here as well as the GamepadBlock, our multi-platform USB interface for arcade and original game controllers.

This site is also the birth-place of RetroPie, the popular retro-gaming project for the Raspberry Pi. You can find articles about the original idea and articles of the first years of the project here.

Enjoy your stay on our sites!

Recent Posts

We need you to design the RetroPie Logo

The RetroPie Team is always hard at work, coding and drinking coffee. And we are really good at… drinking coffee. Unfortunately we are not that good at graphic design. And we need your help. There are many amazing talented people in our community and we wanted to give one lucky person a chance to become rock-star famous and win some great …

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ControlBlock: Power Switch, Game Controllers, and I/O for the Raspberry Pi

First: What is a simple solution for turning the Raspberry Pi on and off with a power switch in a smarter way than cutting the power supply and risk data loss? Second: What is a simple way for connecting arbitrary arcade controllers to the RPi? In the following we present the ControlBlock, a Raspberry Pi (TM) Add-On that solves both problems.

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Design File for Acrylic Gaming Case Available for Download Now

The acrylic case “Petrockblock Pie” was presented some time ago. The design files for that case were not publicly available until now and I have decided to change that: You can find the design now in the Downloads section! These are the original design files that I used to order the cases from Ponoko / Formulor. I know that some of you …

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Review: T962A Reflow Oven Controller Upgrade Package

A while ago I posted a review about the reflow-flow oven T-962A. As written in that post the T-962A has certain flaws: The heat is generated by IR heaters that do not distribute the heat evenly within the oven. This made the results of the soldering processes unreliable. Also, the responsiveness of the user-interface is not that good: Tuning the reflow …

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A Glance at the Cubox-i4

Recently, I got a grip to a Cubox-i4Pro. It is a mini computer with low power demand and quite a few interfaces that can be useful for all kinds of things. Also, it has enough computing power to be interesting for a wide variety of applications. In contrast to other development boards like the Raspberry Pi, the Cuboxi comes in …

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Major Update for RetroPie

Some of you might have heard or notices that there has been an update of the RetroPie SD-card image recently. This is a major update with some big changes. This article describes these.

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RetroPie Project Contest: And the winners are …

The RetroPie Project Contest has finished! Many thanks go to everyone who took part in the contest and submitted project images. Without going too much into details the winners have been chosen according to todays random numbers tweet. I hope you all enjoyed the submissions and maybe got one or two inspirations for your own projects. Personally, I enjoyed it very much to browse through …

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Xarcade2Jstick – Map your Xarcade Tankstick to Game Pads and use it with RetroPie

The Xarcade Tankstick is a nicely designed and very robustly constructed arcade game controller. It offers buttons and joysticks for two players together with start and coin buttons, an arcade trackball, and dedicated pinball buttons. Being asked, if RetroPie could have in-built support for the Xarcade Tankstick I started to dig into this controller which, in the end, lead to …

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RetroPie Project Contest

PetRockBlock.com would like to invite you to a cool contest around the RetroPie Project! One good thing about it is that it does not involve much effort to take part. The contest is going to be taking place on the forum. We will be choosing two lucky winners to receive each a brand new Raspberry Pi Model B with 8GB …

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Another Interim Report on the RetroPie Project and a new Splash screen

  This is another interim report on the RetroPie Project. If you look at the dates when the RetroPie SD-card image was updated in the recent months you might get the impression that the development of the RetroPie Project has been slowed down a little bit. However, you can be sure that further developments continue to take place and are going fast …

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Reflow Oven T-962A – A Review

If you are tinkering, doing electronics, and/or soldering you might already have had contact with surface-mounted devices or, in short, “SMDs”. Of course, soldering some of these tiny parts by hand is possible. But there are really tiny SMD parts as well as packages that cannot be soldered by hand. In that situation, you can think about getting a reflow …

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Getting Started with the RetroPie GPIO Adapter

This is a guide that describes how to get started with the RetroPie GPIO Adapter. It is organized as a step-by-step guide: Starting with the sole components and the PCB the hardware assembly is described in the first part. The second part then guides you though the software topics by describing how to test the button and how to enable …

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