Scamp – a self-contained Forth computer

Scamp3 Board

Scamp is a self-contained Forth computer that you can use as the computing engine for your projects. It’s easy to interface, and easy and quick to program using Forth, the world’s best embedded programming language.

To use a Scamp, you don’t need to install any IDEs, compilers or development tools. FlashForth is preinstalled. Everything runs directly on Scamp, and all you need is a host computer with a USB interface and some terminal software.

Scamp is based on the Microchip PIC24F64GB202 microcontroller (datasheet). It has a useful mix of peripherals (including a USB interface). It has 64K of flash and 8K of RAM, a good amount for running Forth. This may not seem much, but FlashForth requires on the order of 20K flash, and only 2K of RAM. It is a very efficient programming environment. So, the PIC24F64GB202 has plenty of spare memory for your application code and variables.

It’s used in schools and universities for research or teaching. It’s used in home projects by hobbyists. Companies use Scamp in product development to rapidly prototype and debug their own hardware, or as the controller core of their next product.

Writing software to use other hardware is very easy, and fun. You can interactively talk with peripheral hardware, so debugging is very fast and efficient. You can see​ what is going on

See the video below and more here. Also additional info via Hackaday & There are projects on YouTube. Ordering information.

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