Retronic Design Products

Featured

Retronic design, like its name says, specialize in retro electronic device design.

USB joystick adapter
Our actual best seller is the USB joystick adapter. This adapter enable you to connect any Atari style joystick to a USB compatible machine (Like a PC, a MAC, a Raspberry Pi, …). The integrated microcode is simulating a standard HID joystick.

Actual compatibility list is as follow:

  • Atari 2600 Joystick
  • Atari 7800 Joystick (2 buttons)
  • Atari analog Paddle (2 players)
  • Atari driving controller
  • Atari video touch pad Keyboard
  • Amstrad Joystick (3 buttons)
  • Amiga Joystick
  • Amiga Mouse / Trackball (2 and 3 buttons)
  • Atari ST Mouse / Trackball (2 buttons)
  • Commodore 64 Joystick
  • Commodore CD32 Joypad (7 buttons)
  • Intellivision Touch pad (16 direction disc and 15 buttons)
  • Intellivision Flashback Touch pad (16 direction disc and 15 buttons)
  • ColecoVision Touch pad and Super Action Controller (16 buttons + spinner)
  • Coleco Gemini Joystick & Paddle (Hybrid controller, also compatible with Sears console)
  • MSX Joystick (2 buttons)
  • Sega Genesis Joypad (3 and 6 buttons)
  • Sega Master System Joypad
  • Sega Multi-Tap Adapter (4 players)
  • 3DO (Panasonic) Joypad
  • TI99/4/4a Joystick
  • FM Towns/Marty Joypad
  • Famiclone (NES clone) Joypad
  • Odyssey2 controller
  • Fairchild channel F controller
  • Bally/Astrocade controller
  • RedOctane Dance pads (6 buttons DB9 version)
  • ZX Spectrum Interface 2 Joysticks


Our second best seller is the USB floppy drive emulator.
It is compatible mainly with;

  • Amiga
  • Atari ST
  • Amstrad CPC
  • …and many other machines!

This is possible by using the HxC firmware, developped by Jean-François DelNero and his team over at hxc2001.com.

It comes with a 8GB USB stick preconfigured with all software and licences needed.

See side column for pricing and purchase information.

Many other products are currently under development.

Original Joystick adapter design from 2000

Original Joystick Adapter

In 2000, I designed a simple Atari numeric joystick to IBM PC analog joystick port adapter. This adapter was simply a voltage switcher that converted joystick movements to 0v, 2.5v, 5v (2.5v is centered stick). Easy you would say, but that was a bet I took with a friend that told me it was impossible to connect an Atari Joystick to a PC. This is where everything started… We are 16 years later and this quest for retro gaming is more present than ever!

As you can see, schematic was pretty simple…old_joy_schematic

New universal USB joystick adapter, RetroUSB32 (KADE compatible) are up for sale!

IMG_3278

A very limited quantity of the new RetroUSB32 (KADE compatible) are up for sale.
These klever pieces of hardware enable you to connect any custom joystick to a PC, MAC, Raspberry PI, etc…

This board can be entirely customize to your needs.  You can simulate a HID keyboard, an HID joystick (or two) and also give some feedback like a led or a rumble.

This is ideal for your MAME cabinet!

See the eBay item page: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/172143668754

New kind of devices supported: Dance Pads

ddr

RedOctane with 6 zones and DB9 connection now supported by the USB joystick adapter. This replaces the original USB controller box that came with them (black boxes on the picture above), since they are not manufactured anymore by RedOctane. Each dance pad is interpreted as a button by the host computer.  It is compatible with the StepMania game software and many others. See our download section.

New firmware for Intellivision and Flashback controllers

IntellivisionFlashback

Thanks to Matthew N., one of our collaborators, a small update (b) has been done to the Intellivision and Flashback controller firmware. Some games are using key combination that was’nt supported by the previous firmware.

Keypad: 1 and 9 (pause), 4 and clear, 5 and 0 and 6 and enter. These three lasts are for emulator custom functions.

As you can see, we keep our firmware portfolio up to date.

Cheers!

USB floppy emulator now comes with sound and is compatible with Atari ST and Amstrad CPC

Gotek USB floppy emulatorHxC2001_loaderPB-12N23P-05[1]
Thanks to the new HxC firmware developped by hxc2001.com (Jean-François DelNero and his team), the Gotek USB floppy emulator can now support Amiga, Atari ST and Amstrad CPC series of computers. Loaders for each platform was developped.

We’ve also added a small speaker to simulate the floppy track change sound. This makes the experience more realistic!

Please see our selling page for more pricing informations.

New firmware version for Intellivision and Intellivision Flashback controllers

IntellivisionFlashback

Thanks to Jerome Buhl, one of our collaborators, a small fix has been done to the Intellivision controller firmware. Bug was that an action button cannot be triggered while the direction disc was in use. Decoding function was rewritten and voilà.

We keep updating our firmware portfolio to support new controllers and existing ones flawlessly. This project is evolutive and cooperative. This is a good example.

Cheers!