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Hello, I'm wanting to learn more about hardware engineering, controllers, design, basics. I know a little but I've decided it's not enough. If anyone could recommend me a good book I'd be grateful. My ultimate end goal project out of all this is building a computer from scratch, totally. Planning on using a z80 processor as they are relatively 'simple' to work with from what I've read.

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You mean you're interested in designing something using a microcontroller kinda for embedded apps and hardware control ect... Or something closer to a "computer" computer... like using something like an intel cpu... 8080/8086/8088

What do you want it to do?

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What do you want it to do?

I don't think he wants it to do anything, he just wants to do it which is reason enough.

Microcontrollers are one route. You don't need to design the computer itself which means you can jump right into doing things with it. However, these machines can be pretty limited depending on your use. I haven't done it, but from what I've read of other's projects on the web it's not all that difficult. You don't even need to know much about electronics. Can't help much, but here some some homebrew computer pages I've read on the web:

  • http://www.homebrewcpu.com/ - This is hardcore. He designed the CPU completely from logic gates. That's a huge amount of work for one person and to actually get it running, writing the OS and putting it on the net (you can telnet to it!) is awesome beyond compare.
  • http://6502.org/homebuilt - Here's a big list of 6502 projects. I think most of these links are dead, but there's tons of stuff here. And we all know 6502 is superior to the z80 ;)
  • Actually, most of the sites I wanted to link to are on the 6502.org page. Lots of those links are dead though.

Good luck, and have fun!

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holy shit, that homebrew cpu is hardcore. Thanks for the link!

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To Bigbrother or anyone else interested....

I recently acquired 10 Intel 8085 Trainer labs. I plan on putting them up on ebay over the weekend.

It's a late 70's early 80's thing.

HP 5036A MICROPROCESSOR LAB

http://www.computermuseumgroningen.nl/hp/hp5036a.html

http://www.classiccmp.org/hp/hp5036.htm

http://www.old-computers.com/museum/comput...c=1067&st=1

These things come in a briefcase with a PSU and manual and weight about 20LBS.

If anyone wants one of these let me know... I'd be happy if i just got a few $ to cover shipping if one of you guys wanted it.

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Im not sure how much shipping is but If anyone who is interested happnns to be at notacon this weekend i can just give it to you there

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