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Microprocessor Trainer

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Tom Watt, Jan 18, 2005.

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  1. Tom Watt

    Tom Watt Guest


    I am wanting to design upgrades for the Commodore 64 and eventually the
    Amiga. There doesn't seem to be any 6502 based microprocessor trainers
    available today, and the 68000 ones seem to expensive.

    What's a good trainer to start with?

    I like this one:

    It's made by Elenco and can be purchased cheaper elsewhere:

    What I really like about this Elenco one is that you build each section
    one at a time and run excersizes along the way. No other I know of
    works this way and I really like that idea, not to mention it's cheap
    which is kind of a requirement. :)

    I hear the 8085 is obsolete, but so is the 6502.. So is this a good one
    to start with or should I look elsewhere?


  2. Tom Watt

    Tom Watt Guest

    Oh and I really like this one too:

    Lots of upgrade options and still very good price if you build it
    yourself. But, I don't think you "learn as you build".
  3. HappyHobit

    HappyHobit Guest

    Hi Tom,

    It's kind of hard to answer your question because I don't know where you're
    at, what you need.

    Do you know digital electronics?
    Do you understand microprocessor architecture?
    Do you understand how a microprocessor works?

    What 'training' are you interested in, Hardware or Software?

    The architecture and addressing modes in the 6502 are very different than
    the 8080 family processors (8085 etc.)

    I believe more in learning than training.

    Read. Learn, Do. If not successful then LOOP.

    I 'taught' myself microcomputers that way 30 years ago and microcontrollers
    a couple years back.

    If I wanted to design upgrades for a '64' then I'd buy a '64', an assembler
    (or 'C' compiler) and build or buy an interface card to plug into the 64's
    'expansion connector'.

    I'd then probably then search the net for '64' applications. (Hardware and
    software) and find some '64' groups.

    Read, Learn, Do.

    There's a ton of info and accessories out there for the '64'

  4. Ben Bradley

    Ben Bradley Guest

    I understand the Pentium 4 will execute the 8085... no, I'm
    thinking 8086, never mind...
    Here's a blast from the past, the original 6502 'trainer' board:

    Warning, it doesn't work, it may be just that Zener at the
    connector but there's no way to be sure (this is really a collector's
    item at least as much as a piece of electronics). The 6502 proccesor
    chip should be easy enough to get, but I'd worry about replacing those
    two 40-pin peripheral/ROM chips...
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