The Mensch Microcomputer Series of SBCs
The MENSCH™ series of microcomputers is intended as small single board computers (SBCs) intended for learners to begin comfortably engaging with SBC hardware and associated embedded software for application specific embedding intelligence into things.
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. consider a career based on an Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) education, hardware and software engineering.
Mensch microcomputers can be used to learn about all kinds of electronic components including all kinds of state-of-the-art programmable logic devices 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 re-targeting 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 MENSCH™ microcomputers 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.
Microcomputers with simple connector arrangements provide for use as stand alone, plugged into a bread board or plugged into your own custom “daughterboard” for your favorite Maker project.
MENSCH™ microcomputers can be configured with all kinds of operating systems called “Monitors” that are simply connected to your favorite PC, Mac or Linux box for code development using WDCTools.