Colour Maximite

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THE MAXIMITE is a range of small, self-contained computers that are ideal for experimenting, learning programming and for use as an embedded controller. They use a standard VGA monitor for display, a standard PS/2 keyboard for input and an SD card for storage.

It includes its own operating system and BASIC programming language (called MMBasic), so you do not need to tether it to a larger computer. Start up is almost instant, so you can just plug it in and immediately get going by entering commands and a program.

This new Colour Maximite has 40 input/output (I/O) lines which can be independently configured as analog inputs, digital inputs or digital outputs. You can measure voltages and frequencies, detect switch closures and so on, and get it to respond by turning on lights, closing relays etc - all under control of your BASIC program.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about the Colour Maximite is that, like its predecessor, everything (VGA, USB, colour, music, etc) is generated by a single chip that costs less than $10.

Originally designed as a hobby kit, the first Maximite was introduced in a three-part article in Silicon Chip magazine in Autumn 2011 by Australian designer Geoff Graham, this colour version was introduced the following year.

New features in the Colour Maximite are.

100pin Version PIC32
Colour VGA with eight colours (black, red, green, blue, cyan, yellow, purple and white).
Synthesised stereo music and sound effects.
Battery backed real time clock (optional).
Arduino compatible connector with an additional 20 I/O lines that are independent of the original 20 I/Os.
2 channel PWM analog output.
Special commands for animated games.
Version 4.0 of MMBasic which has extra commands to access and utilise the additional features.

The possibility of colour Maximite (new and improved features marked with an asterisk):
PS / 2 keyboard
VGA video signal (480x432 or 240x216), eight colours (*)
black-and-white composite video signal
generation of stereo sound (*)
real-time clock with independent battery (*)
20 independent input-output pins
connector for Arduino (*)
SD-card (up to 32GB)
USB connection to transfer files or terminal
interfaces RS232, I2C, SPI, 1-wire
two-channel PWM (*)
a firmware update via USB
possibility of supply from USB
built-in BASIC system fonts
Team work with sprites in BASIC programming games (*)

Very kindly donated by Alexander Demin.

Manufacturer: Maximite
Date: 2012

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