Category Archives: Tommy System

First board for Tommy stuffed!

Just finished cleaning and soldering the first board for Tommy. I managed to get the connectors that did not fit on by sanding a bit of the plastic off. The footprints where off by 0.5mm.

The only thing I am waiting for now is my PC power supply (I knew I shouldn’t have tossed those when I moved…) to test the hardware. When that is done the board is heading over to one of my friends so he can program the ASM drivers that will run the system.

After that I will order Revision 1 which has currently all the corrections to the footprints and spacing issues. Once that version is verified I will release all the design docs to open source the project. I could do so now but I would hate if someone ordered the board and it didn’t work.

Tommy Update. More soldering action!

Been hard at work soldering up the first revision of the pcb. Found some spacing issues between connectors and parts but so far all the hardware works. The PC power supply port was mirrored….dunno how that happened but it works…just on the wrong side of the board.

The 74HC595s need to be soldered on and I am still waiting on the WS2803 chips for the lighting portion.

Tommy Update

The parts for REV 0 of Tommy arrived from Mouser today. Just finished soldering the Propeller portion and it worked first try. I also updated the page for Tommy.

Tommy Pinball System Specifications

CPU:        Parallax Propeller P8X32A-Q44 clocked at 96MHz.
 
I/O:        64 Optocoupled switch inputs.
            32 Mosfets for solenoid control.
            8 Servo Connectors. 
            72 8-bit PWM LEDs. Using WS2803 chips.
            Up to 64 8-bit PWM RGB LEDs for General Illumination. Using WS2801 chips.
            4 12-bit Analog to Digital Channels.
            Standard LED DMD connector. 

Power:      Molex connector for PC PSU.
            Separate connector for Solenoid and Servo Power.

Storage:    Micro SD card slot.
            2 Mbit of SPI SRAM.
            1 Mbit of I2C EEPROM.

Additional: PCB Size is 7"x5" - 4 Layer 
            3 7-Segment numerical LED digits for debugging. 
            USB Serial built in.
            2-channel audio.
            Selectable voltage for LEDs and Servos. 
            All I/O data lines brought out for expandability. 
            Hardware watchdog that will disable solenoid power on event of CPU failure. 

Pinout for Parallax Propeller





Files



GitHub Repository Link



Light Tester for Tommy Pinball System

Light_Tester

This is a Light Tester for the Tommy System. These are plugged into the light output headers on the Tommy System and allow the user to test programs and drivers on the Tommy System without having to hook up an entire pinball machine. I will be designing a board for the mosfets (simulate solenoids) and a switch board for the inputs.

In a couple days I will make a page to document the Tommy Pinball System and announce the complete specs.

Tommy Rev0 is complete!

Tommy__Layout_4

Just finished Rev0 of the Tommy Pinball System. I will be uploading the Eagle files after I can confirm the board works. It is a 4-Layer board so I will be using Seeedstudios new 4-layer prototyping service to order some boards. After I receive them I will allow some people to purchase at cost a fully assembled board for testing and code writing.

Next I have to design and route the “test” board for the Tommy Pinball System. These test boards plug into the sockets on the Tommy board and allow you to test code without having it wired into a pinball machine. So instead of solenoids you will have LEDs and the input boards will have switches on them.