MAX7456 OSD Shield (v0.1)

November 22, 2011

Here’s a beta release of a On Screen Display (OSD) shield I’ve been working on, it still needs a bit tiding up.

It uses a MAX7456 from Maxim for the video overlay function. The MAX7456 is connected to the Ardunio’s SPI port (MOSI, MISO and CLK) and a double row of 0.1 headers can be used to choose which digital pin drives chip select (CS) for the MAX7456.

In addition to the MAX7456 OSD chip, there’s also a DS1307 Real Time Clock (RTC) with battery backup for displaying time and date in the video feed.

I designed it using DesignSpark PCB, pulling in the MAX7456 footprint from the Sparkfun PCB library. I’ll post design files and gerbers shortly.

For software, I used code from Arduino forum members dfraser and zitron in this Arduino forum post.

osd – Arkwork.pdf
osd – Schematic.pdf