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Parallax

Parallax Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells BASIC Stamp microcontrollers, Propeller microcontrollers, microcontroller accessories, educational robot kits, and educational curriculum.

Parallax
599 Menlo Drive, Suite 100
Rocklin, CA 95765
United States

Originally established in 1987, in Rocklin, CA, Parallax, Inc. manufactured products such as the ISEPIC, TopRAM, and the first third-party Microchip PIC Programmer. In 1992, the BASIC Stamp 1 microcontroller module was released. In 1995, the BASIC Stamp 2 module was added to the product lineup. The user base has become diverse, including everyone from scientists and hobbyists to engineers and entrepreneurs, and students from grade school to college. By 2002, there were over three million BASIC Stamp microcontrollers in use around the world.

In 1997, the Stamps in Class program was created to provide educational resources that addressed the needs of electronic students ages 14 and up. The Boe-Bot is one of the company’s most popular products and the anchor of the Stamps in Class educational program.

In 1998, Parallax, Inc. formed a partnership with Ubicom (formerly Scenix Semiconductor) to develop tools and BASIC Stamps using their new SX microcontrollers. Company founder Chip Gracey designed the SX-Key Programming Tool to make programming Ubicom’s SX chips affordable. And in 2005, Parallax, Inc. and Ubicom formed an agreement in which Parallax, Inc. is the exclusive supplier of the SX microcontroller.

In 2006, after eight years of development time, Parallax launched their Parallax Propeller microcontroller.

The Propeller 2 multicore processor is under development and doesn’t have a release date yet. The Propeller 2 processor includes features commonly requested by customers such as code protect, additional RAM and more I/O pins.




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