Sprout24 CPU

Sprout24 is a "know-your-roots" computer processor — designed and built from the ground up as a teaching tool to help introduce the basics of computer science and demystify how computers work.

February 1, 2023 — The Control Unit and ALU Core boards are ready to order, though I'm going to wait until I have a couple others ready to save on shipping costs.

Next to design are the "Northwest" board that includes components related to the program counter and stack pointer, and the "Southeast" board that relates to the instruction and status registers.

And I now have a tentative physical layout for how the individual boards will fit together into a complete CPU. Two additional helper boards with no components will sit below the rest of the boards for physical support and for routing busses between the boards above. December 22, 2022 — The CPU's Control Unit is working and tested in the emulator, and now it's time to turn it into hardware. More details and a demo in this video.

We've heard that computers work entirely in ones and zeroes... but what does that even mean? How is that really enough to let modern computers, phones, and devices do all the amazing things that they can?

Let's take a look together at how that all works, using the design of the Sprout24 along the way to illustrate how simple pieces working together like an orchestra can make beautiful things possible.

Development is currently underway, with a launch expected in 2023. I'm looking forward to sharing it with you.

~ Autumn