DIY programmable, 6502-based computer and operating system

DIY programmable, 6502-based computer and operating system

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Nick Bild” has built a custom 6502-based computer that anyone could replicate.  Get the parts listed in the bill of materials, open the Fritzing diagram, start plugging in and wiring chips, and you can have your own Vectron 64 in a weekend! It may seems a little complicated on the first sight but remember this was one of the first computers in the PC era and now you can build one yourself. With a little practice and much patience you can have a working 6502 based computer.

Specs

  • 6502 CPU clocked at 1 Mhz.
  • 32KB RAM
  • 32KB EEPROM
    • Programmable via custom microcontroller based platform.
  • 16×2 character LCD display.
  • PS/2 keyboard support.
  • Built with 7400 series logic contemporary with the original 6502 CPU.

Project files and assembly code are available on github.com

(17/06/2019 Update)

They have now created a virtual reality peripheral for that computer, called Vectron VR: https://github.com/nickbild/vectron_vr

To demonstrate the system, They have developed the 3D game “Asteroids VR“. Put the headset on and you’ll be sitting in the 3D cockpit of a spaceship blasting away at asteroids that appear to be floating towards you.

Mike is the founder and editor of Electronics-Lab.com, an electronics engineering community/news and project sharing platform. He studied Electronics and Physics and enjoys everything that has moving electrons and fun. His interests lying on solar cells, microcontrollers and switchmode power supplies. Feel free to reach him for feedback, random tips or just to say hello :-)

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