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DuinoMite, the Maximite Compatible Micro-controller/Computer from Olimex.

Started by Don McKenzie September 14, 2011
DuinoMite, the dynamite Maximite Compatible Micro-controller/Computer from Olimex.

This project is open source hardware and software.

I expect the usual: "This is spam, not industry news", so please don't hold out, go for it.

Three or four weeks ago, I covered the Maximite Computer, what it was about, and what it was capable of.

To summarize, The Maximite Computer is a small Micro-controller/Computer, based on a top of the range PIC32 micro that 
runs the BASIC language from power up. It can be run with a PS2 keyboard, and VGA monitor, or via USB to any computer 
that supports USB and can run a terminal program. No compiler needed. Develop your BASIC program then save to a standard 
SD card. Any program named "autorun.bas" will automatically run from the card on power up. It has 20 Input-Output pins 
on a 26 pin IDC header. BASIC programs can easily be exchanged and saved to a PC using either the terminal program, or 
the SD card. Fantastic user support via a very active user forum group. Can be powered from 9 to 12VDC or USB.
http://geoffg.net/maximite.html
http://www.themaximitecomputer.com/
http://www.dontronics-shop.com/the-maximite-computer.html

======================================

In that 3 or 4 weeks, we have moved a long way from this picture of it.

Olimex are bringing out 3 versions of a compatible Maximite board, which we have called the DuinoMite. A play on the 
word Dynamite. Maximite is actually an explosive, named after Hudson Maxim, the inventor. He was the brother of Hiram 
Stevens Maxim, inventor of the Maxim gun and uncle of Hiram Percy Maxim, inventor of the Maxim Silencer.

You can see the new pictures of the new proto boards, and the full story at:
http://www.themaximitecomputer.com/duinomite-a-maximite-compatible-from-olimex/

As you will see, the boards range from a DuinoMite-Mini with VGA and KBD connectors, right up to a fully cased 
DuinoMite-Mega, with things like USB-OTG and CAN right on board.

It has an Arduino shield that is compatible with the Pinquino family, so it should be capable of being programmed in C 
with the Pinquino suite of software, if the boot loader and firmware, is changed to suit.

I know Microchip themselves are supporting languages and boards, for Arduino and the PIC32 family, but I haven't had any 
interaction with them to date, but I do see this happening in the future with the DuinoMite boards.

MM-Basic had to be remapped to cater for the new pin-out of the Arduino shield, as the original Maximite board was never 
designed for shield support.

This is currently being ported from the Maximite to the DuinoMite by Ken Segler. If you don't know Ken:
http://news.cnet.com/2100-1040-238186.html
Ken is known as the Codeman.
http://www.faqs.org/patents/inventor/segler-6/
4 patents this year alone.

All three boards also have the Olimex UEXT connector for Serial, ISP, and I2C comms.
If you want RS-485, you simply plug in a cheap board to do the job. Olimex are in the process of producing a cheap I2C 
RTC with battery backup. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEXT

With I2C, you can have 100+ apps hanging on the UEXT bus, as well as serial and SPI.

======================================

I previously mentioned:
TRS-80 Model I, level II on a PIC32 Maximite:
http://kenseglerdesigns.com/cms/sites/default/files/trs-80.jpg
for the thread:
http://www.thebackshed.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=3937&PN=1

Ken now had the DuinoMite-Mini running TRSDOS V2.3 and has split the SD card into four virtual drives.
for the picture:
http://kenseglerdesigns.com/cms/sites/default/files/DuinoMite-Mini-TRSDOS.JPG
for the thread:
http://www.thebackshed.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=4055&PN=1
He is now looking porting it to LDOS. We are talking about operating systems from the early 1980s here.

======================================

Maximite Compatible. The World�s First Arduino Computer. Full Story:
http://www.themaximitecomputer.com/maximite-compatible-the-worlds-first-arduino-computer/

Well it is now the DuinoMite (a Maximite compatible) that will be the World�s First Arduino Computer, as we recently 
changed the name. As I haven't heard anyone challenge this claim, I believe my claim is correct.

This one below has 3 AVR micros, and you have to knit all the code together, as it has no Operating System as such:
http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2010/07/19/the-humane-pc-low-cost-avr-arduino-based-computer/

======================================

Maximite Computer now running Unix, 2.11BSD. Thread at:
http://www.thebackshed.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=3925&PN=1
sorry, I can't update this information, as I haven't heard further details.

======================================

Dontronics web pages have been set up as shown below, however prices are not set, as there may be many options to be 
finalized, and delivery date could be October-November:

Olimex-DuinoMite:
http://www.dontronics-shop.com/olimex-duinomite.html
Olimex-DuinoMite-Mega:
http://www.dontronics-shop.com/olimex-duinomite-mega.html
Olimex-DuinoMite-Mini:
http://www.dontronics-shop.com/olimex-duinomite-mini.html
Olimex-DuinoMite-Shield-Board:
http://www.dontronics-shop.com/olimex-duinomite-shield-board.html

Cheers Don...


-- 
Don McKenzie

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Just been to the site. You are much too young to retire Don!  In fact, 
you'll probably be happy never to retire -- like me.

"Don McKenzie" <5V@2.5A> wrote in message 
news:9dd09tF237U1@mid.individual.net...
> > DuinoMite, the dynamite Maximite Compatible Micro-controller/Computer from > Olimex. > > This project is open source hardware and software. > > I expect the usual: "This is spam, not industry news", so please don't > hold out, go for it. > > Three or four weeks ago, I covered the Maximite Computer, what it was > about, and what it was capable of. > > To summarize, The Maximite Computer is a small Micro-controller/Computer, > based on a top of the range PIC32 micro that runs the BASIC language from > power up. It can be run with a PS2 keyboard, and VGA monitor, or via USB > to any computer that supports USB and can run a terminal program. No > compiler needed. Develop your BASIC program then save to a standard SD > card. Any program named "autorun.bas" will automatically run from the card > on power up. It has 20 Input-Output pins on a 26 pin IDC header. BASIC > programs can easily be exchanged and saved to a PC using either the > terminal program, or the SD card. Fantastic user support via a very active > user forum group. Can be powered from 9 to 12VDC or USB. > http://geoffg.net/maximite.html > http://www.themaximitecomputer.com/ > http://www.dontronics-shop.com/the-maximite-computer.html > > ====================================== > > In that 3 or 4 weeks, we have moved a long way from this picture of it. > > Olimex are bringing out 3 versions of a compatible Maximite board, which > we have called the DuinoMite. A play on the word Dynamite. Maximite is > actually an explosive, named after Hudson Maxim, the inventor. He was the > brother of Hiram Stevens Maxim, inventor of the Maxim gun and uncle of > Hiram Percy Maxim, inventor of the Maxim Silencer. > > You can see the new pictures of the new proto boards, and the full story > at: > http://www.themaximitecomputer.com/duinomite-a-maximite-compatible-from-olimex/ > > As you will see, the boards range from a DuinoMite-Mini with VGA and KBD > connectors, right up to a fully cased DuinoMite-Mega, with things like > USB-OTG and CAN right on board. > > It has an Arduino shield that is compatible with the Pinquino family, so > it should be capable of being programmed in C with the Pinquino suite of > software, if the boot loader and firmware, is changed to suit. > > I know Microchip themselves are supporting languages and boards, for > Arduino and the PIC32 family, but I haven't had any interaction with them > to date, but I do see this happening in the future with the DuinoMite > boards. > > MM-Basic had to be remapped to cater for the new pin-out of the Arduino > shield, as the original Maximite board was never designed for shield > support. > > This is currently being ported from the Maximite to the DuinoMite by Ken > Segler. If you don't know Ken: > http://news.cnet.com/2100-1040-238186.html > Ken is known as the Codeman. > http://www.faqs.org/patents/inventor/segler-6/ > 4 patents this year alone. > > All three boards also have the Olimex UEXT connector for Serial, ISP, and > I2C comms. > If you want RS-485, you simply plug in a cheap board to do the job. Olimex > are in the process of producing a cheap I2C RTC with battery backup. See: > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEXT > > With I2C, you can have 100+ apps hanging on the UEXT bus, as well as > serial and SPI. > > ====================================== > > I previously mentioned: > TRS-80 Model I, level II on a PIC32 Maximite: > http://kenseglerdesigns.com/cms/sites/default/files/trs-80.jpg > for the thread: > http://www.thebackshed.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=3937&PN=1 > > Ken now had the DuinoMite-Mini running TRSDOS V2.3 and has split the SD > card into four virtual drives. > for the picture: > http://kenseglerdesigns.com/cms/sites/default/files/DuinoMite-Mini-TRSDOS.JPG > for the thread: > http://www.thebackshed.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=4055&PN=1 > He is now looking porting it to LDOS. We are talking about operating > systems from the early 1980s here. > > ====================================== > > Maximite Compatible. The World&#4294967295;s First Arduino Computer. Full Story: > http://www.themaximitecomputer.com/maximite-compatible-the-worlds-first-arduino-computer/ > > Well it is now the DuinoMite (a Maximite compatible) that will be the > World&#4294967295;s First Arduino Computer, as we recently changed the name. As I > haven't heard anyone challenge this claim, I believe my claim is correct. > > This one below has 3 AVR micros, and you have to knit all the code > together, as it has no Operating System as such: > http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2010/07/19/the-humane-pc-low-cost-avr-arduino-based-computer/ > > ====================================== > > Maximite Computer now running Unix, 2.11BSD. Thread at: > http://www.thebackshed.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=3925&PN=1 > sorry, I can't update this information, as I haven't heard further > details. > > ====================================== > > Dontronics web pages have been set up as shown below, however prices are > not set, as there may be many options to be finalized, and delivery date > could be October-November: > > Olimex-DuinoMite: > http://www.dontronics-shop.com/olimex-duinomite.html > Olimex-DuinoMite-Mega: > http://www.dontronics-shop.com/olimex-duinomite-mega.html > Olimex-DuinoMite-Mini: > http://www.dontronics-shop.com/olimex-duinomite-mini.html > Olimex-DuinoMite-Shield-Board: > http://www.dontronics-shop.com/olimex-duinomite-shield-board.html > > Cheers Don... > > > -- > Don McKenzie > > Dontronics Site Map: http://www.dontronics.com/sitemap > E-Mail Contact Page: http://www.dontronics.com/email > Web Camera Page: http://www.dontronics.com/webcam > No More Damn Spam: http://www.dontronics.com/spam > >
On 15-Sep-11 10:47 AM, Don McKenzie wrote:
> > DuinoMite, the dynamite Maximite Compatible Micro-controller/Computer from Olimex. > > This project is open source hardware and software. > > I expect the usual: "This is spam, not industry news", so please don't hold out, go for it.
No sooner I mentioned that Ken Segler is working on TRS-80 Model-I LDOS for the Maximite, and he has the first version ready for beta testers: http://www.thebackshed.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=4071&PN=1 You need a Maximite to try it of course. :-) Cheers Don... ====================== -- Don McKenzie Dontronics Site Map: http://www.dontronics.com/sitemap E-Mail Contact Page: http://www.dontronics.com/email Web Camera Page: http://www.dontronics.com/webcam No More Damn Spam: http://www.dontronics.com/spam New MMBasic Computer http://www.TheMaximiteComputer.com These products will reduce in price by 5% every month: http://www.dontronics-shop.com/minus-5-every-month.html http://www.dontronics-shop.com/ics.html Bare Proto PCB for PIC or AVR projects? "I'd buy that for a Dollar!". http://www.dontronics-shop.com/simmstick-fifteen-years-on.html
On Sep 15, 12:47=A0pm, Don McKenzie <5...@2.5A> wrote:
> DuinoMite, the dynamite Maximite Compatible Micro-controller/Computer fro=
m Olimex.
> > This project is open source hardware and software.
Seems very sparse on Debug and Editing ? Line editing is very dark-ages..., especially on a chip that is not a ZX81 size. What a pity no one has yet cloned Turbo Pascal's great Wordstar style Editor/Debug/Compile System, on a microcontroller ? Google gives this for Turbo Pascal 1.0: ["Total size of TURBO.COM (including the integrated development environment with compiler, Wordstar-style editor, and run-in-memory system) was 33,280 bytes. (Total floppy disk space used was 131,297 bytes)"] Zip file is 64K, and Zip size for for v3.0 is 166K
Now there was a break through. Wonder where Dr David Lien is now?

"Don McKenzie" <5V@2.5A> wrote in message 
news:9ddedeFg7U1@mid.individual.net...
> On 15-Sep-11 10:47 AM, Don McKenzie wrote: >> >> DuinoMite, the dynamite Maximite Compatible Micro-controller/Computer >> from Olimex. >> >> This project is open source hardware and software. >> >> I expect the usual: "This is spam, not industry news", so please don't >> hold out, go for it. > > No sooner I mentioned that Ken Segler is working on TRS-80 Model-I LDOS > for the Maximite, and he has the first version ready for beta testers: > > http://www.thebackshed.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=4071&PN=1 > > You need a Maximite to try it of course. :-) > > Cheers Don... > > ====================== > > -- > Don McKenzie > > Dontronics Site Map: http://www.dontronics.com/sitemap > E-Mail Contact Page: http://www.dontronics.com/email > Web Camera Page: http://www.dontronics.com/webcam > No More Damn Spam: http://www.dontronics.com/spam > > New MMBasic Computer http://www.TheMaximiteComputer.com > > These products will reduce in price by 5% every month: > http://www.dontronics-shop.com/minus-5-every-month.html > http://www.dontronics-shop.com/ics.html > > Bare Proto PCB for PIC or AVR projects? > "I'd buy that for a Dollar!". > http://www.dontronics-shop.com/simmstick-fifteen-years-on.html

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