Parallax Open-source hardware #OHM2019 #oshwa @ohsummit #opensource #opensourcehardware @opensourceorg @ParallaxInc


Without Parallax, I do not think many/most of us would be here making and selling electronics, from being one of the first companies to bring electronics to educators, to being a pioneer for some many efforts and products in the world of educational electronics. Additionally, many of their products are made in the USA.


First up, who is Parallax? …. Wikipedia

Parallax Inc. is a privately held company in Rocklin, California. Parallax Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells BASIC Stamp microcontrollers, Propeller microcontrollers, microcontroller accessories (such as LCDs, sensors, RF modules, etc.), educational robot kits, and educational curriculum. Parallax is headquartered in Rocklin. The Rocklin office employs thirty-five people in research and development, sales, manufacturing, education, marketing, and technical support. Parallax Inc. has over seventy distributors around the world

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And also check out the Parallax about page with more details and history of Parallax. They’ve been making electronics since 1986!


What else? Parallax released the Propeller 1 Verilog Hardware Description Language source code. If you’ve ever wondered how the Propeller chip actually works, this is it.

Parallax was one of the first companies that was doing educational electronics to start to release their files and more, specifically under open-source licenses.


There is an entire section devoted to Open Source Designs, which include…

  • Propeller 1 (P8X32A) Multicore Microcontroller Design Files.
  • Parallax Printed Circuit Board Hardware Designs.
  • Propeller Object Code.
  • And Open-Source Software Projects.


One other note, we THINK Parallax was one of the first companies to put the open-source hardware gear-community logo on packaging for retail use, we have a post about their packaging but will see if we can find the back with the logo.




And here’s some of the Parallax products/project we’ve either stocked or did projects with too.


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  1. Thank you Adafruit for featuring Parallax! – Ken

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