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What is the BASIC Stamp microcontroller?
The BASIC Stamp module is a microcontroller developed by Parallax, Inc. which is easily programmed using a form of the BASIC programming language called PBASIC. It is called a “Stamp” simply because it is close to the size of an average postage stamp, except for the BS2p40 which is much longer due to it's additional I/O pins.
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Over 500,000 BASIC Stamps are in use around the world. The popularity of the BASIC Stamp is a result of its ease of interfacing to electronic circuits, quick development time with a simple programming language, and high reliability in a diverse set of applications.
BASIC Stamps are available in various physical packages, but all versions have the same logical design, consisting of a 5-volt regulator, resonator, serial EEPROM, and PBASIC interpreter. A tokenized PBASIC program is stored in the non-volatile serial EEPROM, which is read from and written
to by the interpreter chip. This interpreter chip fetches the instructions one at a time and performs the appropriate operation on the I/O pins or internal structures within the interpreter. Because the PBASIC program is stored in an EEPROM, it may be programmed and reprogrammed almost endlessly, without the need to first erase the memory, as with many
microcontrollers. To program BASIC Stamp, you just connect them to an IBM PC or compatible (serial port for the BASIC Stamp II and IISX) and run our editor software to edit and download your program.