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MBG BackPack 170 Bare PCB

MBG BackPack 170 Bare PCB

Small products = Small postal charges.

Click on the FAQ & Postage TAB above to get the details of Postage, MMBasic, Geoff Graham the MaxiMite-MicroMite author, Mick Gulovsen the manufacturer of these products, and the details of the Support forum.


MBG BackPack 170 Bare PCB

The files for this specific product can be seen at: http://www.dontronics.com/micks-mite/files/index.php?dir=08+BackPack+170%2F

The programmed MicroMite Chip can be purchased from here:

The harder to get components can be purchased from here:
This doesn't include all components.

Board Concept.  

The BackPack170 PCB (from here on called BP170) was designed to attach to the rear of the readily available, and cheap, 2.4” and 2.8” TFT Display modules, that are currently available on places like eBay, to provide a full MicroMite PIC170 and TFT/Touch display in the one compact module.

The design concept has come about because of the efforts of Peter Mather in writing C-Functions and driver code to support both the TFT display Module and its optionally integrated touch screen.  

BP170’s interface is `minimalist’ by design! 

The idea behind BP170 was to have a small piggy back board that could provide the basic features of the MicroMite processor, with an emphasis on SMALL.

BP170 is just that at 43.5mm x 32.5mm (1.71” x 1.28”) 

Due to this relatively small size some features that I would normally provide for have been omitted, most obvious is the omission of an ICSP header meaning that the PIC32MX170F256B chip will need to be flashed via a PicKit3 or similar before installation to this PCB, or alternatively it can be flashed by jumper wires to the IO headers. (See Appendix B).
BP170 is powered via header J4 (5Vdc) which also functions as the TTL serial interface to the MicroMite. (See Appendix A for details of a suitable cable) 

MMBasic v4.6b Required
As BP170 requires CFunctions to generate the speed needed to drive the TFT module it is necessary to have been flashed with MMBasic version 4.6b or greater.    

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All Maximite and MicroMite support is done on The Back Shed forum at:

You will find the MaxiMite Basic author Geoff Graham offering support there also.

All of the Micks-Mites range of items are considered available only for the hobbyist market, and are priced to suit.

(NOTE **** Most smaller quantities of Microblock products will fit into the small package)

All MGB products are manufactured by Mick Gulovsen, and are based on Geoff Graham's PIC Based MicroMite Basic Computer system. These can be programmed in MMBasic and allows for C extensions for fast routines.


The Micromite is a Microchip PIC32 microcontroller programmed with the free MMBasic firmware. These chips cost from $4 to $10 and are available in a variety of packages from 28 pins to 100 pins. When programmed with the Micromite firmware they make a powerful and easy to program microcontroller that is ideal for most hobby projects.


MMBasic is a Microsoft BASIC compatible implementation of the BASIC language with floating point, integer and string variables, arrays, long variable names, a built in program editor and many other features.

Using MMBasic you can use communications protocols such as I2C or SPI to get data from a variety of sensors. You can measure voltages, detect digital inputs and drive output pins to turn on lights, relays, etc.  Special features include the ability to use touch sensitive LCD displays, temperature sensors, distance sensors and more.


Mick has concentrated on the extremely tiny Micromite range. All of Mick's working files are located here.

All support is done via "The Back Shed" Support Forum. These products are very small, so local and international shipping-postage can be done at minimal costs.

Postage costs on these items are $3 for Australia, and $8 for the rest of the world, as they are sent in a small package. You will find further information on the shipping page during checkout.  All of these items are posted to you direct from MBG, Hillside, Melbourne, Australia.

Postage is normally default set to standard postage. You will need to set this to a small package, unless instructed by our sales dept. to do otherwise.

In order to get postage cost down to a "One size Fits All" transaction, we have made the minimum shipping cost the price of a Small Package. Please don't be offended if you get your board(s) in a standard Letter. You simply can't post off a $1 board (or a small quantity), add the price of a basic letter stamp cost, and make enough profit for our time and trouble for this transaction. Consider it like a flag fall on a Taxi meter, as it has to cover basic shipping and handling.


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