Handmade CPUs

This has been going around the blogosphere for a few days now, but I just have to say – the Big Mess o’Wires is one of the coolest hardware projects I’ve seen in a long while.

Steve Chamberlin set out to build a CPU and the computer around it from scratch – as in, he designed and built his own CPU from common chips, built a computer to support the CPU and then put it all into a nice case with several running demo programs!

Not only is that quite an achievement, but Steve also created a very readable blog with progress reports and his thoughts around the design of small computer systems. Being done with the Big Mess o’Wires, he is now embarking on a project to design and build his very own game console. I’ve already put his blog on my bookmarks shortlist and I will be happily following along…

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