32631Re: [midatlanticretro] a real Mensch <3 the 6502
- Oct 7, 2013--------------------------------------------
The 6502 ain't dead. Far from it!
MARCH has a Mensch Computer, next to the PET!
Looks neat but at $900, pricier than I can deal with at the moment.
The Western Design Center (WDC), located in Mesa, Arizona,
USA, is a company developing and manufacturing MOS
65xx-based microprocessors, microcontrollers (µCs), and
related support devices. WDC was founded in 1978 by
co-holder of the MOS Technology 6502 patent, Bill Mensch,
himself a former MOS Technology employee.
65xx - Embedded Intelligence Technology
Welcome, to The Western Design Center, Inc. (WDC), home of
the 65xx brand CMOS microprocessors. You are invited to
learn more about us, our products and our support for your
65xx brand embedded microprocessor PCB, ASIC and/or FPGA
"Legendary 65xx microprocessors keep on
The legendary 65xx brand microprocessors with both 8-bit and
8/16-bit ISAs keep cranking out the unit volumes in ASIC and
standard microcontroller forms supplied by WDC and WDC.s
licensees. Annual volumes in the hundreds (100.s) of
millions of units keep adding in a significant way to the
estimated shipped volumes of five (5) to ten (10) billion
units. With 200MHz+ 8-bit W65C02S and 100MHz+ 8/16-bit
W65C816S processors coming on line in ASIC and FPGA forms,
we see these annual volumes continuing for a long, long
The 65xx brand is probably the only processor family that
has remained loyal to its ISA over the last 33 years. In
addition it has served the widest spectrum of electronic
markets through those years. For example, it has served and
in some cases created markets for the PC, video game, toy,
communication, industrial control, automotive, life support
embedded in the human body medical devices, outside the body
medical systems, engineering education systems, hobby
systems, and you name it electronic market segments. I might
add the 65xx has served in a highly reliable and successful
65xx - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
The Mensch Computer is a computer system based on the WDC
65C265 microcontroller (which implements both the 16-bit
instruction set of the W65C816/65816 microprocessor, as well
as the 8-bit instruction set of the 6502 microprocessor) and
produced by the Western Design Center. The computer system
is named after Bill Mensch, designer of the 6502 and
subsequent series of microprocessor.
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