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The Colour Maximite is a small and versatile single chip computer running a full featured BASIC interpreter with 128K of working memory and eight colours on a VGA monitor. It works with a standard PC keyboard and because the Maximite has its own built in SD memory card and BASIC language you need nothing more to start writing and running BASIC programs.
It also has 40 input/output lines including an Arduino compatible connector. These I/Os can be independently configured as analog inputs, digital inputs or digital outputs. You can measure voltage, frequencies, detect switch closure, etc and respond by turning on lights, closing relays, etc - all under control of your BASIC program.
The original Maximite was designed as a hobby kit, and was introduced in a three-part article in Silicon Chip magazine in autumn of 2011 by Australian designer Geoff Graham. The Colour Maximite was later featured in the September 2012 Issue of Silicon Chip Magazine. Like its predecessor, the Colour Maximite is generated by a single chip that costs less than $10.
This example in our collection is a built kit version from the electronics supplier Altronics.
Very kindly donated by Alexander Demin.
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