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This page contains all the MicroMite products and kits available from Rictech.

If you are a New Zealand customer, please Contact us directly, for slightly cheaper prices, as all prices listed here are aimed at an international audience and include international shipping costs that can be avoided for any New Zealand customers reading this.....

MicroMite Explore-28 module

LATEST MODEL!!!   Version 1D.

This is a fully assembled E28 module.  The module contains a USB interface, and you can program the firmware into the chip at the heart of the module, using just this module itself, and pic32prog ASCII programmer tool.  The MicroMite itself can also be used to update the code in the USB interface chip(should that ever be required), making for one complete, simple, cheap solution.

Designed to be the same size as an Arduino Nano, it is only 38mm x 17mm in size.

DRIVER FILES:
Driver files are available for this module for use under Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8.
You must have SP3 installed on your XP machine.  Unzip the files, and run the driver installation tool exe file.  You can download the ZIP file from our Downloads page.  This driver will not work with versions of Windows earlier then XP, so Win95/Win98/WinMe are NOT supported.  Both 32-bit and 64-bit drivers are included.  This driver may also be used with Windows 7 and Windows 8.  Windows 10 has native support for this USB chip, so no drivers are needed for Windows 10 machines.  Linux should see this module as a USB-serial adaptor, and locate it under /dev.  Usually shows up as /dev/ttyACM0 then you can talk to it using Minicom or similar.


US$26.50 including airmail to anywhere on the planet.

MicroMite Explore 64 Version 1E - FULLY ASSEMBLED MODULE

This is the latest version 1E module.  It has a 1455 interface included on-board, so you can directly connect to USB without the need for the daughter-board, and with the aid of a free programming software, you can program any new version of MMBASIC into the module without needing anything other then the utility and a USB cable.

It is designed around a four-layer PCB, and includes footprints for the common W25Q SPI memory chips, as well as a Microchip UNIO chip in SOT-23.  Neither of these are supplied by defualt, but can easily be added by the constructor if wanted.  Standard Explore-64 functions remain the same, the most obvious included feature being the inclusion of the 1455 interface without the need for an add-on daughterboard.

Supplied fully assembled and tested.

US$74 including airmail to anywhere on the planet.

MicroMite Explore 100 - FULL KIT OF PARTS

This is a full kit of parts for Geoff's Explore-100 TFT board.  It includes everything you need to assemble a fully operational board.  The kit includes the four-layer PCB, and THE SURFACE-MOUNT PARTS HAVE BEEN FITTED FOR YOU so you don't have to worry about soldering these if you are not too keen on SMD.  The PIC32MX470F512L (whew!) QFP chip at the heart of this product is the 120MHz part, and it comes pre-programmed with the latest version of MMBASIC, so once you assemble the kit, the unit is ready to use right away - no HEX file programming or PICkit3 required.

The latest model(version 1D) includes an optional 1455 USB connection to the MM Console, and it's built-in ICSP so you can program the PIC32 chip WITHOUT a PicKit-3 or Microchip's IPE!  All you need is the free pic32prog utility to easily upgrade the MM firmware.  The 1D boards also now include a micro-SD card slot on-board, so no more need for CON10 or the external add-on SD card kit, and said kit is not supported on the 1D circuit boards.  If you want the optional 1455 chip, please add that to your shopping cart from the options above - select the DIL version to suit the 1D E100 board used in this kit.  Otherwise, you can use the standard console connection or a CP2102 USB module if preferred.  The footprint is still provided for those wishing to continue to use those.  DO NOT TRY TO USE BOTH THE 1455 CHIP AND THE CP2102 AT THE SAME TIME!  That will not work.  You must choose to use one or the other.

The board with the pre-fitted SMD will be supplied sealed in an anti-static bag, and constructors are reminded that full anti-static precautions need to be observed when handling this board outside of it's static sheilding bag.  Incorrect handling of the board or assembly of this kit is not covered by any warranty offered by Rictech Ltd.

The kit DOES NOT include the 5" LCD module.  These can be had very easily from eBay or AliExpress for about US$50 including shipping - search for 5" TFT SSD1963.

This kit DOES NOT include the RTC & MEMORY module, the Piezo for the touch-click or the USB-Serial module for above CON6 as these are optional extras.

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MicroMite Plus Explore 64 - Blank PCB(panel of three)

MicroMite Plus Explore 64 - Blank PCB(panel of three)

A panel of three blank MM+ PCB's for building the MicroMite Plus Explore 64 module.
The boards sent will always be the most up to date version.  Current version of this board is 1D.

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MicroMite Explore 100 - Blank PCB

MicroMite Explore 100 - Blank PCB

This is the blank four-layer PCB for Geoff's Explore-100 TFT module.

NOTE: If you are just ordering this PCB (and no other products), AND you are based in UK or Europe, then please visit our  UK based partner who will have shorter delivery timescales, and lower shipping costs (when compared to despatch from our main New Zealand Warehouse).

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E100 and Micromite Backpack port tester PCB

E100 and Micromite Backpack port tester PCB

This PCB can be used to test that all the pins are intact and working correctly via LED's.  Designed to plug directly into the LCD port of an E100 board, or by flipping the board 180 degrees, you can also use it to check the connections on an SPI-LCD-based Micromite Backpack unit.  The backpack port tester can also be used to test ANY supported SPI LCD module with touch, but you will need to change the tester code to reflect you chosen pins.  This is just the PCB - you will need to supply the components: 4x 3k3 standard resistors, 29x super-bright LED's, 1x 40-pin(2x20) box-header(standard 2.54mm pitch), 1x pin-strip(14w).  Use 1k resistors instead of 3k3 if you are using standard LED's.  MMBASIC code to run this tester on an E100 or Micromte Backpack can be downloaded from our Downloads page.

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Pi-Cromite blank PCB.

Pi-Cromite blank PCB.

This PCB is used to host a Raspberry Pi Zero, and to run the 'PI-Cromite' port of MMBASIC by Peter Mather.  With this board and a Raspberry Pi Zero module, you can run a version of MMBASIC that has been customized to run specifically on the Raspberry Pi Zero board.  The Pi Zero mounts directly to this PCB, and the pins are all routed out to useful connectors for MMBASIC features.  You can install this board on either a parallel LCD or an SPI LCD.  Please see https://www.thebackshed.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=9847&KW=Picromite for details on the board.  For details on the Pi-cromite port of MMBASIC by Peter Mather, please see this thread: https://www.thebackshed.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=9487  This is the very first post by Peter about the Pi Zero port, so just follow your nose from there.  There have been many more threads about this port and improvements as Peter developes the code.

$7.50 including Airmail postage to anywhere.

EastRising LCD module adaptor PCB

This adaptor PCB remaps the EastRising 7", 8" or 9" LCD modules, to the more standard 40-pin header used by many other 5" and 7" TFT modules available on the net.  Supplied with the female sockets, and male pin-strips ready for you to assemble. 

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