Hello from Microbee Technology (Australia)

MbeeTech

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Hello all.

Microbee Technology is an Australian company and the home of the Microbee computer range.
The Microbee (see Wiki - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MicroBee ) started out as a kit computer
based on the Z80 in February of 1982. It was launched in Australia's 'Your Computer' magazine
with a 32 page lift out. Microbee Systems (as it was then) made a large impact on the Australian
education market and a lot of kids grew up using Microbees in school.
Microbee traded until 1992 when the influx of IBM clones swamped the market.

In 2012 Microbee Technology relaunched with a limited edition kit computer based on earlier
models, running CP/M but with the addition of SDcard floppy emulation, ethernet and a secondary
processor to run uClinux (http://www.microbeetechnology.com.au/premiumpluskit.htm).

Microbee Technology has 2 main streams of business - current tech development boards, and
retro technology.

One of our current products is a CGA to VGA converter for retro systems which may be of interest
to Amibay members.
The Video converter allows you to connect older machines with Analogue or Digital video output
at 15Khz to current VGA (LCD or CRT) monitors.
The digital mode converts R,G,B and Intensity signals to the proper CGA color map output on the
VGA monitor, and also has a jumper to implement the 'Brown fix' for the Commodore C128's
80 column mode (normally in the CGA map there is a dark yellow which is supposed to be a
brown color on the C128's output - setting this jumper selects brown instead of dark yellow)
In Analogue mode, computers that have straight analogue RGB output can be used with the
VGA monitor.
The circuit also cleans up the Sync signals (HSync & VSync) to provide true composite sync
(HSync XNOR'd with VSync) and rock steady display. The kit employs a common video scaler board
along with the adapter board that does the Digital CGA map & cleans up the Sync signals.
The Scaler board (GBS-8200) is also modified by us to cure a problem with the board that causes
random white dots on the output (snow).
http://www.microbeetechnology.com.au/vga_video_converter.htm

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The good people here at AmiBay Admin have created a Commercial user space in the forum
for Microbee Technology & I'll be posting more details about the CGA-VGA Video converter kit in
there in the next couple of days.

All the best to everyone.

Ewan J. Wordsworth
Microbee Technology Pty Ltd.
www.microbeetechnology.com.au
www.facebook.com/MicrobeeTechnology
 

Jameson

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Hi Ewan!

Loving my Premium Plus. Any word on the Microbee keyboards coming in yet (for Harry Johnstone)?
 

MbeeTech

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Hi Ewan!

Loving my Premium Plus. Any word on the Microbee keyboards coming in yet (for Harry Johnstone)?

Hi :)
Unfortunately, Staff sickness over December / January caused some delays in getting things done.
We will be onto the keyboards very soon. Appologees for the delay.
 
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