There's this thing called the weird processing unit, or WPU. It's basically an idea of various experimental processors (architectures) that try to be interesting, new, original, extraordinary, different or just plain weird. I'd like to build my own WPU, but just how could one go about doing this without:
A) Cutting too many corners with microcontrollers (I don't consider a single microcontroller programmed to emulate instructions as a computer)
B) Spending too much money on it.
With most hobby home-built computers that don't use a microprocessor, microsequencers are used. They use counters, eeproms, and gates to generate addresses for a control store that generates signals to control the processor.
My question is: Would it be considered cheating if I used a microcontroller to send control signals to peripherals such as an ALU, register file, etc. What are your thoughts?