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.:: Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Machine Bus Corporation

This looks like a pretty cool little gadget.

It is an "8-bit port extender" for lack of a better name. Picture adding hundreds of I/O lines, in hundreds of spots, hundreds of feet from your computer. For the right application this could be quite awesome.

One could create their own out of most any microcontroller (read on), but for a ready-to-go product this looks pretty well thought out.

Drawbacks? Programmed in C, C++, and Java...so no BASIC option for the BASIC heads. No assembler option for the assembler heads. That, coupled with the $80 price tag is liable to make any barely proficient MC user just roll their own. With the ease of serial and I2C inter-MC communication it wouldn't be hard to replicate, in the dev language of your choice, using off the shelf stuff.

Posted at 3:29 PM by CTP  | 
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