The RetroMax is the CircuitGizmos version of the Color Maximite 2 a small self-contained computer inspired by the home computers of the early 80’s such as the Tandy TRS-80, Commodore 64 and Apple II. It includes its own advanced, modern BASIC interpreter and powers up within seconds into the BASIC interpreter (there is no operating system to boot). The emphasis is on ease of use and, as a result, a first time user could enter a small program and have it running within minutes. The RetroMax has many features ideally suited for use in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.(STEM) education.
While the ease-of-use and the built-in-BASIC concept is borrowed from computers of the 80’s, the technology used is very much up to date. The CPU that powers the RetroMax is an ARM Cortex-M7 32-bit RISC processor running at up to 480MHz. This processor includes its own video controller and generates a VGA output at resolutions up to 1024 by 768 pixels and with up to 16-bit color.