Parallax designs and manufacturers microcontroller development tools and small single-board computers that are used by electronic engineers, educational institutions, and hobbyists. Parallax's product line consists of BASIC Stamp microcontrollers and development software, SX chips and programmer/debuggers, project boards, sensors, educational tools, robotics kits, accessories, and the Propeller chip.
Parallax ActivityBot Robotics Platform teaches real-world engineering
skills with the friendly, capable, and peppy ActivityBot. It's a great
option for first-time robot-builders, as well as for an intro to
technology and engineering courses in high schools and colleges.
Step-by-step web tutorials take you through programming its multicore
Propeller chip in C, wiring circuits on a breadboard, and building
sensor systems so your robot can navigate on its own. Following the
checkmarks gets you to the fun fast, with optional links for added
learning. The ActivityBot is ready for tinkering with off-the-shelf
components, additional sensors, and upgrade kits. The Activity Board
sports a mini audio jack and a socket for an optional XBee RF module
Parallax Propeller Activity Board offers the ability to easily
experiment with the 8-core P8X32A Propeller microcontroller. Parallax
Propeller Activity Board is supported by the Propeller C Learning System
which includes the programming tool along with a suite of tutorials and
libraries with code samples. The board features connections for Xbee
and MicroSD, as well as audio output through a mini stereo jack. I/O is
offered through 3-pin headers, and experimental circuits can be placed
on the board with the included breadboard.
Parallax ELEV-8 Quadcopter Kit is used to create a flying robotic platform that is lifted and propelled by four fixed rotors. Unlike standard helicopters, a quadcopter uses fixed-pitch blades, whose rotor pitch does not vary as the blades rotate. Control of vehicle motion is achieved by varying the relative speed of each rotor to change the thrust and torque produced by each. The quadcopter uses a HoverFly board with a Propeller multicore microprocessor to electronically control stabilization of the aircraft. The benefits to this system are a stable platform, with no mechanical linkages, for a small maneuverable and agile aircraft. The kit provides an inexpensive way to get involved in the quadcopter arena, and includes a frame, mounting hardware, motors, speed controllers, propellers, and the control board for flight stabilization. The ELEV-8 platform is large enough for outdoor flight and has plenty of room for payload and attachments, up to 2 lbs.
Parallax Eddie Robot Platform & Control Board are components of Eddie, a turnkey hardware solution for creating a mobile robot with a laptop and Kinect camera. Once the Eddie Robot Platform is fully assembled, the user can simply connect a laptop and Kinect camera (not included) over USB and Eddie is up and roaming in minutes. Compatible with Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 (RDS 4), Eddie can navigate autonomously and see in 3D using the power of the Microsoft Kinect camera. Eddie is controlled over a simple USB connection and a convenient command interface.
The Eddie Control Board provides a complete single-board solution to control the Eddie Robot Platform. Designed to be flexible and expandable, the Eddie Control Board is also well suited for other mobile robot platforms. While the board has a wide input voltage range, it is primarily targeted to 12 VDC battery-powered applications. The heart of the Eddie Control Board is the Propeller™ P8X32A microcontroller, with eight 32-bit cores that provide incredible power and flexibility. The board includes high-current motor drivers, an eight-channel 10-bit ADC, and access to lots of digital I/O. Multiple regulated power supplies (12V, 5V, and 3.3V) and three switchable auxiliary power ports support optional accessories for the robot.
Parallax P8X32A QuickStart Board for Propeller MCU provides basic Propeller circuitry as an open-source reference design. Parallax offers PCB layout files for developers to speed their projects towards completion. Parallax P8X32A QuickStart Board for Propeller MCU is fully expandable and provides unimpeded access to all I/O pins through an expansion header, but also includes some button inputs and LEDs to demonstrate programming. With USB power and a selection of QuickStart Project examples, it's also the fastest way to get up and running. The P8X32A QuickStart board's features make this a small, inexpensive, accessible development platform and open source reference design for the Propeller microcontroller.
The Parallax Boe-Bot® Robot Full Kit with USB-compatible Board of Education (BOE) is a development platform for BASIC Stamp microcontrollers that is built on a high-quality brushed aluminum chassis. The chassis provides a sturdy platform for the continuous rotation servo motors and BASIC Stamp's USB BOE. The Parallax Boe-Bot Robot Kit with USB BOE is made unique by the BASIC Stamp MCU's flexibility of programming when coupled with breadboard circuit construction. This Parallax kit includes a set of passive components, sensors, and hardware to complete a variety of different projects. This kit allows Stamp MCUs to be programmed via USB for laptops and newer PCs without serial ports.
Parallax Spin Stamp MCU is a 24-pin module similar in form and size to the BASIC Stamp® 2 family of 24-pin modules. The purpose of this microcontroller is to introduce the Propeller processor to the engineer who wants the features of the Propeller chip and ease of placement in an existing BASIC Stamp module project. The Propeller is a multi-processing chip with eight 32-bit processors (cogs) and a shared memory with 32KB of RAM and 32KB of ROM, holding a font, math tables, and Spin interpreter. The Parallax Spin Stamp MCU includes a Propeller, 32KB EEPROM, 3.3V regulators, and 10MHz crystal oscillator. The Spin Stamp fits in boards designed for BASIC Stamp modules where the I/O pins are not assigned to a specific purpose, but the Spin Stamp module is not intended to be a direct drop-in replacement for any BASIC Stamp module.
Parallax BASIC Stamp® 2px MCU is 1.6 times faster than the BASIC Stamp 2p—executing approximately 19,000 PBASIC instructions/sec—and includes a built-in voltage comparator (with I/O pins P0, P1, and P2) as well as built-in, user-configurable Pull-up Resistor, Schmitt Trigger, and Logic Threshold circuitry on every I/O pin. All vital components, including processor, clock source, memory, and power regulator, are provided on the BS2px's tiny PCB. The Parallax BASIC Stamp® 2px MCU is useful for those that have previous experience with the BS2p and need more speed or special I/O configuration functions. BASIC Stamp 2px Enchanced PBASIC also includes new commands from those on the BS2p and BS2pe, such as CONFIGPIN and COMPARE. In order to use the BASIC Stamp 2px, users need to download and install BASIC Stamp Editor v2.2 available for free download from www.parallax.com.
Parallax BASIC Stamp® 1 Project Board is a low-cost reintroduction of the original BASIC Stamp in a HomeWork Board type platform that has become a standard for students, hobbyists, and professional engineers. The Parallax BASIC Stamp® 1 Project Board includes everything necessary to get started with microcontroller applications at minimal expense, including the BS1 Project Board, solderless breadboard, bag of 10 jumper wires, and documentation. Several BASIC Stamp 1 demonstration programs are installed with the Windows BASIC Stamp Editor. Additional demonstration and application files may be downloaded from Parallax.
Parallax BASIC Stamp® MCU Interpreter Chips are recommended for high volume applications or those with limited PCB real estate. Parallax BASIC Stamp® MCU Interpreter Chips can be used on your own PCB as an OEM solution, providing all of the features that you have grown to appreciate in the corresponding BASIC Stamp modules. The three main components needed to build your own BASIC Stamp are one of these PBASIC Interpreter Chips, an EEPROM, and a resonator.
The Parallax Propeller Professional Development Board provides a high-quality, fully-integrated development platform for the Propeller microcontroller. This Parallax development board includes a wide variety of typical I/O devices and circuitry built into the board for rapid project development. The Propeller Professional Development Board features a 40-pin DIP socket for P8X32A-D40 Propeller MCU, a 24LC256 32K EEPROM, a 5 MHz crystal, 5V and 3.3V regulators on board, built-in USB programming interface, 6 blue 16-segment LED displays, 16 blue discrete LEDs, L293D high-current driver for motors and solenoids, and more.
Parallax's Propeller multicore microcontrollers are 32-bit and programmed in both high-level (Spin™) and low-level (assembly) language. Power requirement is 3.3 volts DC, external clock speed is DC to 80MHz, internal RC oscillator is 12MHz or 20KHz, and system clock speed is DC to 80MHz.