GottFA80 - a Gottlieb System80 MPU based on a low cost FPGA

This is a 1:1 functional replacement to a original Gottlieb System80/System80B MPU, without the additional features of a LISY80, but with much faster boot and lower costs. You can build a GottFA80 for less than 50 Euros!

GottFA80 in a System80 Panthera pinball
Gottlieb & Bally MPU hardware emulation with FPGA. 

Gerber data is version 1.0. In the BOM you will find position 7 duplicated ( 7a & 7b) You can use option 7a (32 diodes) OR 7b (4 diode arrays) because the Diode array (D9-1C) is not easy to purchse outside Germany.

option 7a
option 7b

Due to copyrigth on Gottlieb roms the SD card does not contain any rom code, but do provide the right struture for GottFA80. Have a look at the user manual to see how you can copy your rom images onto the Sd card.


In tests it show up that late System80B games do no work ( Hot Shots, Big House, Bad Girls, Bonebusters and Night Moves ). This is due to the fact that these games have a 4KByte game prom and the FPGA I'm using for GottFA80 is already at limits with th 2K prom version of the earlier games.

I will make a Version 2.x of GottFA80 with a (bigger) FPGA which will then be integrated on the PCB, This FPGA will be preassembled by JLC like it is today already for my latest FPGA soundboard.

update ( 11.07.2021):

next hardware version in testing phase, keep tuned!

Let me know in case you are looking for extensions or identified bugs!


11.07.2021 v.09680&80A boot message, 80B NVRAM save bug fixed

23.01.2021 v.093 freeplay option added

15.01.2021 v.090 bug: 'sound playing at startup' fixed