MyMENSCH™ Microcomputer (Part No. W65C816MMC) is a small single board computer (SBC), 1.25” x 2.25”, using a Programmable logic System on a Chip (PSoC) Intel PSG MAX10 10M08 FPGA. The W65C816MMC was defined by Bill Mensch and David Gray. Bill Mensch is WDC’s founder who invented, designed, and licensed the 65816 microprocessor, original 6522, and W65C22S VIA for use in application specific systems. David Gray in WDC’s VP for Technology Development, managing aspects of WDC’s continuing development of all forms of WDC’s product lines from Chips, Boards, Tools, and IP/Cores.
As a recognized pioneer of the microprocessor industry. Mr. Mensch’s twenty two patented inventions were/are used on the original Motorola 6800 Microprocessor Family, MOS Technology 6502 Microprocessor Family, and WDC’s 65C02 and 65816 Microprocessor Families. As an electrical engineer, 1971 BSEE from The University of Arizona (UA), having taught graduate level classes at Arizona State University (ASU) on SOC design for five years, advisor to four university colleges of engineering for over two decades, the MyMENSCH™ was designed in hopes that it will attract learners to consider a career based on an Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) education, hardware and software engineering.
MyMENSCH™ much like the MENSCH™ Microcomputer can be used to learn about all kinds of electronic components and all kinds of state-of-the-art programmable logic. Operating at 3.3 volts provides for easy connectivity with various state-of-the-art electronic components and modules such as sensors and actuators.
Learning to code in Machine language, Assembly Language, and C language as well as learning to describe hardware with software using Verilog HDL for use in different types of FPGA boards from Altera/Intel, Lattice, Microsemi, and Xilinx already at colleges of engineering provides an excellent basis for a future as an engineer. Describing hardware with software supports further retargeting to low cost and high performance ASICs for high volume or application specific commercial use.
Exploring the fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) with MyMENSCH™ Microcomputer provides a strong foundation for understanding of all kinds of electronics and computer technologies such as the x86 microprocessors from Intel, used on PCs and Macs, and ARM microprocessors, used in all kinds of Android Tablets and iOS and Android Smartphones.
MyMENSCH™ Microcomputer has a simple connector arrangement that can be used as stand alone, plugged into a bread board or plugged into your own custom “daughterboard” for your favorite Maker project. MY™ can be configured with all kinds of operating systems called “Monitors”. MyMENSCH™ Microcomputer can be reconfigured through JTAG USB cable (not included).