Just curious, is the sync re-generation "always on" or is it only on when the sync stripper is enabled?
There is an ON-OFF switch (similar to what I provide in gscartsw) which will toggle between two modes, pass-through and sync regeneration. Sync regeneration is stripped sync so it kinda have it all in one.
I wonder what people thoughts are about replacing the "gscartsw" with a "gscartsw pro"? Would people be willing to pay a much higher price for extra features? I'd happily pay a lot to have more features, but I realize I'm a bit of an abnormal example since I rely on this as a main tool to work with and not just a basic switch. Maybe things like:
- The design of the gscartsw 3.4, but with a Framemesiter output port added alongside the VGA port.
- The new Altera sync chip, but with a switchable RGsB solution.
- LFP switch
- Manual and automatic modes
- Maybe a powder-coated metal case? I still have the design drawings and prototype for that. Overall cost won't be outrageously raised...but shipping will definitely be much more expensive due to weight.
- A side port for cheap "daughter boards" powered off the main board that could expand it to 16 SCART ports...or even have a daughterboard with VGA ports that accept RGBHV and RGBs?
If you couldn't get an order for 100, then it wouldn't be worth making them at all...and would 100 people pay a really high price for all of that???
...also, I think selling an optional add-on board for manual switching is an excellent idea for the gscartsw_lite; People who don't need it won't have to pay the cost in the main unit, but people who want it can just order and plug in.
Wow, that would be too complex for me to work on
Daughter boards won't work for my multiplexer based design and the other possible design is inferior in terms of image quality (and it's gonna get worse the more ports we add).
Honestly I don't see the issue with daisy chaining switches together so plugging them in seems like a purely optional feature. A 1 foot cable from retroconsoleaccessories shouldn't degrade the image in any noticeable way.
The xrgb mini out feature also sounds like overkill. A) It no longer being produced so we should be thinking about the future gen/whatever replaces it. B) Scart to xrgb mini cables are easy to pick up from retroconsoleaccessories and you would probably want them to make a quality version of the other cable anyways.
As long as it has this epic sounding new sync regeneration feature that doesn't degrade the image and is faster, and can work with the new ps2 SoG cables you are designing I would say it is complete. Just please please please make a manual switch ext available for purchase. 3 Buttons is all it would need, Left, Autoswitch on/off, and Right. And maybe a little screen to show which input it is on, or 8 input lights.
If you wanted to make a high end metal case for it then I would totally spring for that, but if it is out of your price range to develop so be it.