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tinkerkid

Apr 14, 2017, 03:59 am Last Edit: Apr 14, 2017, 01:03 pm by tinkerkid
I know this isn't an Arduino question really, but I can't find a good place to ask it.
I'm interested in learning how computers work, on a really low level. I got a raspberry pi but a while back, but want to know more about the hardware side of things - even diving into how a CPU works inside. I heard about people making their own 8 bit computers in the 80s (I was born in the mid 90s) and am intrigued by this. It seems to be a way to really learn how a computer works in its entirety.
I'm a freshmen CE student, so I understand a good amount of digital logic and such, but want to learn about this on my own as the classes that cover it I won't take for at least a year, and use FPGAs to implement many designs.
Unfortunately I don't have time to design and route a PCB, so I was wondering if there is a good kit out there? I found something like this:

http://cpuville.com/Z80_kit.html

v_chinnici

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Apr 18, 2017, 02:06 pm Last Edit: Apr 18, 2017, 02:39 pm by v_chinnici
Hello tinkerkid,

I have made a quick search online, and it looks like there are not so many alternatives out there.

What I have found (based on Arduino hardware):

* http://amigojapan.github.io/Arduino-Retro-Computer-TV/
* http://amigojapan.github.io/Arduino-Retro-Computer-with-SD-card-and-LCD-display-and-Keyboard-input-with-BASIC-interpreter/
* http://clintkprojects.blogspot.ch/2015/07/arduino-retro-computer-v10.html


Otherwise, you should try with those 2 alternatives (I am not sure they are still commercially available):

* http://www.brielcomputers.com/wordpress/ (they don't accept new orders but you can use the website as a starting point)
* http://www.sparetimegizmos.com/

I hope this helps.

Valentina Chinnici
BCMI Labs (arduino.cc)
Product Marketing Manager (Education)

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