This encoder has 32 inputs available, which is enough to connect 2 joysticks with 8 buttons each, 2 player start buttons, 2 coin inputs and now has an additional 4 inputs for extra buttons or whatever else you may wish to include. This is more than enough to handle everything on a control panel in most DIY arcade cabinet projects.
The I-PAC is the only keyboard encoder to offer the following features:
- 32 inputs, each with it’s own dedicated microprocessor pin. No interaction or delays, vital for multi-button games such as fighting games.
- Emulates a USB keyboard, yet breaks through the USB simultaneously-pressed-switch limit of 6 switches (plus ctrl,alt,shift) which afflicts all USB keyboard devices. This is because it has inbuilt full native USB support, and does not rely on an add-on adaptor.
- A shift function which allows ANY input to be assigned to a shifted secondary keycode and the shift button can have it’s own function too so no need for a dedicated extra control panel button.
- A self-test LED which not only gives an instant visible check of your installation, but can also indicate which connection (if any) is causing a problem.
The unit works “out of the box” with MAME, or being fully programmable it can be configured to output whatever set of keystrokes you require. It also supports Volume up/down, MOUSE left/right buttons, power, sleep and wake functions.
Includes a USB cable for connection to a PC. If required, a programming utility can be downloaded from here: www.ultimarc.com/winipacv2setup.exe