This repository contains the hardware and software for my home-built 65C02-based computer. At its heart, this computer is a 1980's design, and is approximately as powerful as the Apple II. It is powered over USB, and operated via a serial connection.
It features an SD card interface, simple audio interface, and two user-selectable ROMs. One ROM contains a port of EhBASIC, which is the only proprietary component in this repository. The other ROM contains a shell, written from scratch to be free and open source, which can be used to load machine-language programs from a modern PC.
- 1.8432 MHz 65C02 processor
- 32 KiB RAM
- 32 KiB ROM in two 16 KiB banks
- 65C22 VIA (general purpose I/O) chip
- 65C51N ACIA (UART) interface
- Custom PCB and 3D printed case
This project started out on breadboards, and I have been blogging about it as I have progressed the hardware, software, and my electronics knowlege. Posts I've written about this project include:
- IntelliJ plugin for 6502 assembly language
- Building a 6502 computer
- Adding a serial port to my 6502 computer
- Upgrades and improvements to my 6502 computer
- Porting BASIC to my 6502 computer
- 6502 computer – from breadboard to PCB
- Re-creating the world’s worst sound card
- Designing a 3D printed enclosure for my KiCad project in Blender
- Implementing the XMODEM protocol for file transfer
- Adding an SD card reader to my 6502 computer
- Assembling my 6502 computer
- Rendering my 6502 computer project in Blender
With the exception of the files noted below, this work is © 2021 Michael Billington, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
hardware/kicad/65xx.lib are modified versions of the 6502 KiCad Library. Copyright 2018, Nicholas Parks Young. All Rights Reserved. The 6502 KiCad Library library is licensed under the GNU LGPL v2.1, which can be found in file
The files in
rom/basic/ are derived from EhBASIC, developed by Lee Davidson. The EhBASIC license allows for non-commerical use only. The most recent release and manual is hosted here, and a mirror of Lee's website can be found here.
EhBASIC is free but not copyright free. For non commercial use there is only one restriction, any derivative work should include, in any binary image distributed, the string "Derived from EhBASIC" and in any distribution that includes human readable files a file that includes the above string in a human readable form e.g. not as a comment in an HTML file.