NANOKIT

Nanokit board layout from manual

The NANOKIT (Or NANO-KIT) is a National SC/MP II based single board computer with 256 bytes of RAM. You have eight switches to select the memory address and eight switches for the data which you then deposit (DMA!) using a momentary switch. Then you give the processor control and off it goes.

Unsurprisingly, the NANOKIT came as a kit, produced by a company (or maybe just some guys in a garage) calling themselves "Microsystems". Since the manual was printed in Cape Town, that's probably where they were based. And that explains why you've never heard of it. :-)

I bought the NANOKIT secondhand and prebuilt. Well, my parents bought it for me. It came with a set of ROMs piggybacked onto (well, under) the RAM chips, that contained a program to play "Die Stem" (The old South African Anthem) through one of the output pins.

The manual (6MB pdf download) contains quite a few errors, and looking back I can see why I had such a hard time wrapping my brain around this stuff. OK, the fact that I was twelve at the time might have had something to do with it.

If you have more info, please contact me. If you're the author of the manual, I promise not to hit you any harder than necessary :-)

2002-09-23: Received email from Stephen Davies, who says that he also has one, which he got in 1977 or so. Stephen says he knew Andre Wagner who knew the designer.
Nanokit small image - click for larger image I took my NANOKIT apart, I needed the switches for another project (yea, I was young). I'm planning to put it back together, RSN.


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