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 Emulating the 6502 on a Nucleo board 
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Hi All,

I've already mentioned this on the 6502.org forum, but I thought it might be worth posting here too.

Around 2011, Mike Chambers developed a 6502 emulator, written in C, that has been ported to a wide range of processors.

I came across it a few years ago, when it was being offered as a means of getting an Arduino to emulate a KIM 1, with Microchess and VTL02 as applications.

Recently, the 400MHz, $25, STM32H743 Nucleo board has become incorporated into the Arduino IDE - so with a wing and a prayer, I thought I'd see if Mike's 6502 emulator code and ehBASIC would port to this 400MHz processor.

Yes - and after half an hour of updating the Arduino Boards Manager - I had ehBASIC running and outputting to TeraTerm.

OK - this is probably not the most efficient way of emulating a 6502 on an Arm Cortex H7 - but it was very quick and painless to do. Things that are easy give instant gratification.

The code ran first time, and a couple of tweaks to baudrate and RAMSIZE, I have a stock $25 Nucleo board which executes 6502 code - and ehBASIC, at about 8MHz equivalent 6502 clock speed.

A 0 to 1,000,000 empty FOR-NEXT loop executed in 111 seconds.

This slightly more taxing trigonometric function test ran in about 2 seconds

Code:
5  REM TRIGONOMETRIC FUNCTIONS TEST 1..89 DEGREE
10 PH = 3.141592653/2.0
15 REM DEFINE ARCSIN AND ARCCOS
20 DEF FN ASN(X) = ATN(X/SQR(1.0-X*X))
30 DEF FN ACS(X) = PH-ATN(X/SQR(1.0-X*X))
35 REM TR, TD - TO RAD, TO DEG
40 TR = 3.141592653 / 180.0
50 TD = 180.0 / 3.141592653
55 REM INPUT IN DEGREE (1..89)
60 FOR D = 1 TO 89
70 R = D * TR
80 S = FN ASN(FN ACS(ATN(TAN(COS(SIN(R))))))
90 T = S * TD
100 PRINT T; " "; D; " "; T-D; " "; FRE(1)
110 NEXT D
120 END


regards


Ken


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