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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
The possibility of colour Maximite (new and improved features marked with an asterisk):
Very kindly donated by Alexander Demin.
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