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Sega Dreamcast YPbPr Component Cable
We currently have a very rough, yet working, prototype of a Sega Dreamcast YPbPr cable. This was actually the first prototype we ever made that was put into cable form. We are currently in the process of gathering measurement data to revise the design of the original prototype cable in order to create an updated version that is production-ready.
One main difference between this cable and our other YPbPr cables is that this one supports 480p in addition to 240p/480i (288p/576i for PAL consoles).
Why make a Dreamcast YPbPr cable when the console already natively supports VGA?
- Not all TVs have VGA inputs. Newer, budget HDTVs in particular, have trended towards dropping support for it. Most HDTVs still ship with YPbPr video inputs. As for newer devices lacking YPbPr input, affordable passthrough 480p YPbPr -> HDMI adapters are readily available.
- The Dreamcast VGA signal is generated using consumer television timings instead of computer monitor timings. What this means is that TVs or monitors which accept this VGA signal are likely to sample it incorrectly. This results in a slightly incorrect horizontal shifting and/or wrong aspect ratio. The use of YPbPr avoids this problem, since it's purely a television standard.
- Not all Dreamcast games and software support VGA mode. This requires you to either fiddle with the coding on the disc (IP.BIN bootloader), or drop to a lower quality video signal such as s-video or composite. The Dreamcast YPbPr cable has a switch on it to change to 240p/480i (288p/576i) YPbPr video output in these scenarios, or in the case when playing on a standard-definition CRT is desired.
- Just like all our other YPbPr cables, the signals coming from the console are analyzed across multiple regions and revisions. This data is used in the cable design to ensure that these video signals are conditioned to produce the correct output levels, as per the CEA-770.2-D YPbPr component video standard.
Not all TVs are created equal. Some accept all signals and process them correctly. Others reject signals completely and mis-process the rest (see here for more info). We would like to eliminate this once and for all, and most importantly, do it in an affordable way. The HDMIzer will be a product that takes almost any standard definition analog video format, processes it correctly, and leaves you with a clean 480p/576p HDMI output, compatible with anything that has an HDMI port. Here are some initial, proposed specifications:
- Component Video (YPbPr 240p/288p/480i/576i/480p/576p)
- S-Video (Y/C)
- Composite Video (CVBS)
- USA Channel-3 & Japan Channel-1 RF (RCA)
- Stereo Analog Audio (2x RCA)
- External DC Power
- 240p/288p/480i/576i/480p/576p HDMI
- 15-pin D-sub - supporting 640x480 VGA & 480p/576p YPbPr
- Stereo Analog Audio
- Scanline Switch - ON/OFF
- Black Level Correct Switch - ON/OFF
- Smoothing Filter (for dithered game graphics) - ON/OFF
- Analog Output Select Switch - VGA/YPbPr