PicoTerm, Serial Terminal for Raspberry Pi Pico

with VGA output and USB keyboard input.

Screenshots

  • 8x8 matrix module Screenshot 1
  • 8x8 matrix module Screenshot 2
  • 8x8 matrix module Screenshot 2
Textmode, 80 column mono, UK keyboard layout.
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Textmode, 80 column mono, US keyboard layout.
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Colourmode, 40 column, 32,000 colours. UK keyboard layout
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Colourmode, 40 column, 32,000 colours. US keyboard layout
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This software turns the Pi Pico into a serial terminal with VGA output and USB keyboard input.

More details about the supported escape codes and user-definable characters are here on the blog.

The version which is freely available here is configured for the RC2014 (and supplied with the RC2014 Pico VGA module). It displays the RC2014 logo on startup. Its baud rate is fixed at 115,200. Rx and Tx connect to GPIO 20 & 21. If you'd like to discuss a custom version, then please get in touch.

Outside of the RC2014, you will need a circuit to convert the digital output from the pico to RGB VGA. The Pimoroni VGA demo board will work. The reference circuit is available if you want to make your own board.