Thanks to the ease of working with the Arduino platform, it can often be a great interface between vintage electronics hardware and contemporary devices. One great example of this has been demonstrated by Dave Cheney who has created an Apple I replica that uses an Arduino Mega2560-compatible to interface with a classic 6502 microprocessor.
The Arduino Mega is used to take care of the RAM, ROM, peripheral interfaces and holding it all together. Dave fitted the 6502 to a Mega-sized protoshield and uses an LCD keypad shield for simple data output.
The process of interfacing the microprocessor with the Arduino is in itself an interesting read, and you can learn much more about the replica including the required code and details from Dave's interesting website. And for more, we're on facebook, Google+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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