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COLOUR MAXIMITE 2!!!

The latest offering for the Maximite series of computers - the new all powerful CMM2 will be available here soon.

In these pre-release photos, the green all-in-one board will be the one that Rictech will mainly be selling.  We will have a small stock of the blue PCB version that uses the seperate WaveShare CPU module as to be featured in Silicon Chip magazine, but we will be standardizing on the all-in-one green PCB version for ease of factory assembly.  Both the green and blue PCB designs were done by Peter Mather.  Both boards are electrically identical, but the green one has the gigantic ARM processor and most of the other SMD fitted at the factory, saving us having to hand-assemble each one(which would take a lot of time!)

AVAILABE ON BACKORDER.  Units are being made in the factory now(27th May)

The Color Maximite 2 (CMM2) is a small self-contained computer inspired by the home computers of the early 80's such as the Tandy TRS-80, Commodore 64, Atari and Apple II. It includes its own BASIC interpreter and powers up instantly into the BASIC interpreter (there is no operating system to boot). The emphasis is on ease of use and, as a result, a first time user could enter a small program and have it running within minutes.

While the ease-of-use and built-in BASIC concept is borrowed from computers of the 80's the technology used is very much up to date. The CPU that powers the Color Maximite 2 is an ARM Cortex-M7 32-bit RISC processor running at up to 480MHz with 2MB flash memory and 1MB RAM. This processor includes its own video controller and generates a VGA output at resolutions up to 800 by 600 pixels and with up to 16-bit color.

The Color Maximite is designed to be simple and fun. Our version of the Color Maximite 2 is the same as the kit version from magazine articles, except that ours is an assembled board.

Some features of the CMM2:

  • Extremely fast 480MHz ARM processor with 516KB of program memory and 5MB general purpose RAM.
  • Rock solid VGA output with five resolutions from 800x600 pixels to 240x216 pixels with up to 16-bit colour (65536 colours).
  • USB Keyboard (can be wireless with a USB dongle).
  • Support for SD cards up to 128GB formatted in FAT16, FAT32 or exFAT.
  • Extensive features for creating computer games. These include multiple video planes, support for Blits and Sprites and full support for the Nunchuk a game controller.
  • Stereo audio output can play WAV, FLAC and MP3 files, computer generated music (MOD format) and robot speech and sound effects.
  • Twenty eight input/output pins with 12 capable of analog input. Connector is compatible with Raspberry Pi Hats.
  • Power is 5 volts at 170mA typical (ie, from an USB port or charger).

US$105 + P&P, for a fully assembled and tested all-in-one type board.  Includes $3 PayPal fee.  NO CASE.  Case and front/rear panels will be listed as a seperate product soon.  Some builders prefer to use or make their own case.
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