The MISOLIMA History


MISOLIMA history

It all started here

MISOLIMA with it's DOLLx8 Embedded Network and protocol system has been around since the early 80's. During the past 30+ years, it has since changed to much better technologies.

We started out by making the DOLLx8 and MISOLIMA platform simpler, cheaper and easier to use. As a result we reimplemented our technologies and know-how from the 1990's, and redressed it into a totally new and far better concept.

Memotech MTX512 were based on 8-bit Zilog Z80A processor, and was a home computer made in the UK.

Here is the very first Super ToolBox development work done on the 8-bit MEMOTECH (Witney, United Kingdom) CP/M computer back in 1985. The new DOLLx8 Super ToolBox '12 will be released October 2012.

Back in the 1980's, Norbit Elektronikk located in Sjøfartsgata 2, in Steinkjer, Norway made a complete I/O system for MEMOTECH MTX512. It included I/O ports, relay control, ADC/DAC's, sensors and more. The Super ToolBox was intended for more than 65,000 Russian schools in a robot project planned by the USSR government.

Norbit Electronikk in the front of the MEMOTECH factory in Witney in Oxfordshire, England - 1984.

From what it as back in the 80's, it is now a fully grown embedded network system for Home Automation and GSM alarm. DOLLx8 (Digital One Line Link) is an embedded communication bus system for Home Automation, energy saving, LED control, alarm systems, and more.

ToolBox'85 products with Commodore 64, Atari 800 and a Spectravideo SV-318 in the background.

It is based on an embedded platform that is scalable and easy-to-use. The DOLLx8 system is also designed for new embedded prototype hardware and software developments projects.

The wide range of electronic modules, sensors, switches and components are intended for rapid developments used by designers, clever hobbyists, and anyone interested in teaching or learning about how to create grate interactive embedded objects that are programmable from a computer.

ToolBox'85 as it was back in 1985, made by Norbit Elektronikk in Norway. This model was made for Commodore VIC20, Commodore 64, Memotech and IBM XT computers.

MISOLIMA products are designed to sense external sensor or switches via input voltage or ground connections. The signals are connected to Digital or Analogue ports found on MISOLIMA products, its development boards or modules. By sending simple DOLLx8 commands, a huge variety of sensors or functions can become activated as part of projects.

Exhibiting at LET'85 in London fram 17th to 19th of February 1985. The exhibition was during the time Olympia 2 was constructed. Here seen ToolBox'85 connected to Commodore 64 controlling 8 sets of 220V lights, and a keycard from TrioVing in Moss Norway. The TrioVing key cards controlled by Commodore 64 was first of its kind.

MISOLIMA products includes controlling LED or ordinary lights, audio, keypads or any other DOLLx8 devices. MISOLIMA has a variety of software, that can be downloaded from our website.

Here's shown Tool Controller - a 4-port Relay Interface from 1984, made to work with ToolBox'84 and Toolbox'85. With this device, Commodore 64, Atari, TeleVideo, Apricot, Memotech and other home computers from the 80's, users was able to control lights etc. via high voltage relays.

A ToolBox '85 ad from a UK computer magazine That says it's for ATARI, CBM, MEMOTECH etc. The price in 1985 was £ 36.25 + £ 2.50 for Shipping and Handling.

On-Line64 was the world best MODEM software for Commodore 64 because it could in fact buffer 64K of memory. This was done by also using the cassette buffer for storage. In the 80's, there was no Internet, so all connections to computers was dial-up connections.

When connecting to the US from Europe, this meant expensive overseas calls to i.e. COMPUSERV. With the large buffer in On-Line64 , it was possible to search and download data, for then to save and read off-line. The software was later on sold to a MODEM manufacturer in Holland.

The very first version of SAMA (Stereo Amplifier for Multimedia Applications) was made in 1991/1992. Later on the DOLLx8 embedded network and Q-SAMA 4040 4x4 channal audio were developed and was a perfect match. This ISA-Bus audio board had both Home Automation features and Dolby Pro Logic cinema audio functions managed by Windows 3.1 software.

Q-SAMA 4040 board with Dolby Pro-Logic and DOLL Interface board. This board is from 1996.

Later on Windows 95, the Audio Twister software was developed. Here seen on the monitor at the background.

DOLLx8 and Q-SAMA (Quad Stereo Amplifier for Multimedia Application) exhibition at BNV (Budapest Nemzetkõzi Vásár) trough DTC Electronics Hungary Kft, back in 1995.

DOLL DeskTop Switch was part of the overall DOLL system in 1980's. The DOLL DeskTop Switch had 12 DIP switches to sett the DOLL Switch Response Code name DOLL-SRC

This is the DOLL DeskTop Switch PCB from 1995. It had one 220V relay controlled by the DOLL-SRC set by the DIP switches at the front.

Surround Twister for Q-SAMA and IDSV5 I/O control board - 1996.