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KeyWiz Max 2.0

Starting at: $38.95
Model: KWS00020
Shipping Weight: 0.75 lbs
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Pro Wiring Set (See Description): No Wiring
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  42 Units in Stock
Manufactured by: IDVT Inc.
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After 5 successful years, the KeyWiz "MAX" version now has a new look and more features! The new version 2.0 has more inputs, an electronic keyboard switching system and faster, more intuitive 3.0 Uploader software.

If you use (or can use) a USB Keyboard and don't need the PS/2 keyboard switching capabilities of the MAX version, be sure to check out the KeyWiz40-ST™, which will work perfectly alongside a USB keyboard and offers two more inputs!







The KeyWiz Max 2.0 comes with the same great High-Performance core features of the KeyWiz product line. Added to this are the industrial-quality terminal blocks and an easy-to operate switched PS/2 keyboard port that is completely isolated from the KeyWiz processor. This means you can still use that old keyboard, when you absolutely must, without burdening the cpu with cycle-theiving pass-through code. Gone is the old mechanical, board mounted switch of previous versions. The new Keyboard Switch is an input, to which you can attach a standard pushbutton, just like the ones you use for your controls, and mount anywhere that is convenient. Press the button and your PS/2 Keyboard becomes active. When you are done with the keyboard, just go back to using your controls. The keyboard is automatically locked back out to prevent interference with your gaming by mischievous friends, pets or offspring. The quality, performance, convenient features, and low-cost of the KeyWiz Max v2.0 make for a combination that's tough to beat!

Now includes the PCB Mounting Hardware Kit, at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!


Standard KeyWiz Features:

  • 38 direct input lines. No Matrix means No Blocking, No Phantom Keys and no variable delays. All inputs are given equal priority and speed. If you see an interface with more claimed inputs than it has pins on the processor, it probably uses a messy matrix approach, which can cause ghosting and requires specially paired wiring. The KeyWiz uses a single common ground shared with every switch, for simple wiring and troubleshooting.
  • 12mhz Processor. Fast RISC based microcontroller. The proprietary KeyWiz firmware is coded in 100% pure Machine Language for blinding speed!
  • Custom, State-Based De-bounce Code. Keys are sent the moment the inputs have stabilized. No time delays!
  • The Shazaaam! Key. Like the shift key on a keyboard, the Shazaaam! Key lets 30 of your buttons have an alternate key assignment. The Shazaaam! Key does not take away an input, so all 38 inputs are always available for use. Another unique Shazaaam! feature is that, with an additional low-cost adapter, any switch can be modified to send a code from the alternate set with a single button press! This means you can have up to 30 additional switches for secondary functions, and still have all 38 inputs available for primary controls.
  • Fully Programmable. All 38 normal and 30 Shazaaam! key definitions can be configured through the custom codeset to suit your application.
  • Jumperless Operation. The Custom codeset can be uploaded at any time, with no re-configuration of the hardware required.
  • On-The-Fly Codeset Switching.  Just hold down the Shazaaam! Key and move control stick 1 left or right to seamlessly toggle between the default MAME compatible keycode assignments and the custom keycode set.
  • Whopping 56 Character Circular Buffer. Gives KeyWiz the highest reliability and maximum throughput capabilities without "stuck" or "missed" keys. Also allows KeyWiz to pass the grueling "Single Button Test."
  • MAMETM  Ready Right-Out-Of-The-Box. By popular demand, the KeyWiz firmware-default codeset has been made compatible with MAME defaults and includes other useful regular and Shazaaam! Key definitions (Custom firmware-default keycode definitions can be supplied for specialized applications. Contact us for more information).
  • Fully Interrupt Driven. The key processing begins the instant activity is sensed on ANY input.
  • Full-featured Custom Codeset Management Software.  Completely mouse/trackball driven. One-click selection of any of 15 user definable codesets (38 normal and 30 Shazaaam! codes per). Codeset to be active after programming is user-selectable. Each KeyWiz codeset can have an application associated with it for automatic launching after programming.Command line options for autoprogramming / batch file operation. Screenshots



  • OS independant. The default MAME-compatible keycode definitions are stored in firmware and are available immediately upon power-up. This means KeyWiz can be used with any OS and requires no drivers. The PC thinks the KeyWiz is a standard PS/2 keyboard, but the KeyWiz knows that it is much better :).
  • Small Footprint. 1.55 x 4.43 inches. Large enough for easy connections, but small enough to mount just about anywhere.
  • Dual-layer PCB. Highest quality for durability and reliable operation.
  • 42 Screw Connection Points Available on the PCB. 38 inputs, 1 Keyboard Switch input, 1 Ground, 1 Shazaaam! Key, and 1+5v DC output connection for powered joysticks or other low current 5v DC accessories.
  • Completely PS/2 Port Powered.  No external power source necessary.
  • 6' PS/2 Cable Included
  • Proudly Designed, Developed and Manufactured in the USA. Inexpensive 2-3 day Priority Mail delivery to anywhere in the US.

Optional Pro Wiring Set Info:


GroovyGameGear now makes it simpler than ever to wire your control panel. No need to give up the security of industrial quality screw-down connections just to make things simple. The hard work is already done for you! Each wire set includes 10 pre-stripped, tinned and pre-assembled 24" long, 22ga. wires. and 1 pre-assembled ~84" Ground chain with 10 connectors spaced roughly 6" apart. These wires are ready to install and make panel wiring fast and simple. The extra length wiring over other similar kits allows for more layout flexibility, and can be used with no modification, or easily be trimmed down for a perfect fit. Each set is the equivalent of 20 fully insulated connectors, ~26' of 22ga. wire and about 30 minutes of labor. With up to 40 switches needing wiring for each interface, it's not difficult to see the value, in both time and cost, these kits can offer.


Documentation Links

The KeyWiz™ FAQ (update for new version coming soon)

Installation Documentation Sheet in PDF

KeyWiz Uploader 3.0 Documentation in PDF

Additional Advanced Wiring Techniques Page
 
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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 09 May, 2005.
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