Interface with Wiring Harness
Do you regularly build control panels? Even if you have only built one
panel, you will know that the novelty of cutting and stripping wires,
crimping and connecting very quickly wears off! After all, on a
standard panel there are 88 wires to be stripped and 44 crimps! Why not
get someone else to do all that and use the time saved for less boring
pursuits (such as playing games!). Also, would it not be nice if this
could be done for less extra cost than buying all the wire and crimps?
Plus, how about connecting a trackball and a spinner as well, all
routed through one board and one cable to the PC, with everything
simply a plug-in connection?
The Mini-PAC is a revolutionary combined Switch/Trackball/Spinner
Interface with wiring harness. It is designed so that a complete
control panel can be wired up in minutes. Ideal for OEM builders of
controllers and cabinets but also suitable for the first-time builder.
The wiring harnesses are available for 32
switches (including joysticks and buttons) and with connection for
Ultimarc trackballs and spinners. Along
with each switch harness is a "daisy chain" ground harness. The total
number of individual sections of wire on these harnesses is over 74,
with over 144 terminations! Compare the cost of the wire and
connectors, plus time saved, with the amazingly low prices of these
The ground harness has 4 extra terminations, so that if necessary you
can span longer distances between switches by "missing out" one
connector. Switch connectors are female with option of 0.25
inch (6.3mm) or 4.7mm. These are designed for standard
Each switch wire on the harness is 13 inches long (330mm). The Mini-PAC
board should be mounted near the center of the panel, giving a span
between the furthest switches of 26 inches (660mm). The harnesses are
designed to cover almost all standard size 2-player panels but
extension kits are available for longer distances. Ground
harness "hops" are 5 inches each.
If you are building a 4-player panel you can double up on Mini-PACs and
Making your own?
You can make your own wiring harness if you prefer, because the
Mini-PAC uses a standard 40-way 0.1 inch pitch pin header which can
connect to a standard IDE disk drive cable, so you can use this
inexpensive type of cable as the basis of your wiring.
The Mini-PAC works identically to I-PAC2 board. All programming
features identical, same number of inputs (32). Works in PS/2 or USB
mode. For PS/2, you will need the optional PS/2 adaptor.
- Tiny board! Only 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 inches!
- Fully programmable key code set. Stored even
after power off unlike some other interfaces which lose all data when
- Dual interface. Full Speed USB or Keyboard -
small adaptor plug available for PS/2 mode.
- Lead plugs into keyboard socket on PC (with
adaptor) or direct to USB
- Can be programmed using special utilities (for DOS,
Windows, Linux, MAC)
- Using host software, an unlimited number of keycode
configurations can be stored and downloaded on-the-fly. Retained on
- No separate power needed.
- Does not use a matrix - no ghost keys.
- Does not use a scanning method which causes a
variable delay. Each input has it's own dedicated connection into the
on-board CPU .
- Fast running gives
much better response than a standard keyboard controller. Key
transmission and debounce uses a state method for each key. No delays
between keys depressed at the same time. (essential for fighting
games). No need for a keycode buffer.
- 2 modes. Either uses standard MAME keys
(default) or you
can program your own character set.
- Shift functions. Holding "Start1" and pressing
other buttons sends a range of codes for MAME functions such as
"escape", "Coin 1", "tab", "enter". This means no extra buttons are
needed on the cabinet. In programmable mode any input can be the shift
key and all keys can be programmed with a shifted code.
- Connector for ordinary keyboard which can be
used together with the controls if required. No switch-over delays mean
you could even play a game using the control panel and keyboard at the
same time. Advanced interrupt-driven code means the pass-through uses
NO CPU cycles when the keyboard is idle.
- Supports selective up/down key repeat in PS/2 mode (all
keys repeat in USB mode) to give easy scrolling through lists with
minimal CPU overhead and interface "clutter".
- No special drivers needed. USB drivers are
- Fully compatible with all Apple Macs which have USB ports.
- Supports the Apple Mac "command" key and the Windows "GUI"
- Can be paired in any combination to increase the total
number of inputs.
- Keycode programming is integrated directly into many
MAME front end for seamless launch of emulator or other applications
which require different codesets.
- Self-test LED indicator which shows and wiring or other
In USB mode only. No extra PC connections are needed, all
communications go through one USB cable. Inputs for one 2-axis device
(trackball) and one single-axis device (spinner).
Important Legal Note.
For legal reasons we must state here that the Mini-PAC is not designed
to be used in revenue-earning applications where a credit mechanism is
used. The Mini-PAC contains no specific interface functionality for any
credit device. Although it has inputs labelled "COIN", these are
labelled as such because activating a switch connected to them causes
the MAME "coin" keycodes (5 or 6) to be sent. These are designed to be
used with panel pushbuttons not coin doors or note acceptors.
here for Wiring Information
Prices and ordering:
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