If you’d like to return to a time when your computer had very accessible components, a microprocessor, RAM, ROM, and I/O chips all hanging from an exposed bus, you can do so by building your very own BASIC color microcomputer with the CB2 micro kit in under 30 minutes for as low as ~$28.
The kit was designed to be plain simple and very affordable being tailored to those who don’t have access to regular retro computers but would want to have fun with these types of technologies or even learn and experiment with BASIC.
CB2 is very easy to assemble, it works like the micros from the ‘80s except it is cheaper and much easier to use. It works directly with a TV and keyboard, no PC’s required, and it can be used as a standalone microcomputer to run games and applications. It can also be used for automation processes without using a monitor or keyboard and even as a measurement instrument for hobbyists.
CB2’s firmware is based on an open-source project built by Joerg Wolfram (called AVR ChipBasic2). It utilizes standard interfaces such as RS-232, UART, LPT, I2C, etc. to communicate with devices like control modems with an ATmega644P chip (ATMEGA644P-20PU or ATMEGA644PA-PU), which connects up to a PS2 keyboard port, as well as a 9-pin connector for serial operations.
The CB2 micro has SCART (RGB) video and B&W composite right out of the box. There’s no need for extra adapters, except when you need color composite – that’s possibly the only scenario when you’ll need an adapter to build. The signals for this color composite adapter are taken from the RGB of the SCART pins and the Hsync/Vsync on the PCB. There is no special Dsub connector in the CB2 micro.
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