The passing of Chuck Peddle

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The passing of Chuck Peddle

Post by Andrew_Waite » Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:30 am

Sad news. Chuck Peddle, the main designer of the MOS Technology 6502 microprocessor, passed away on the 15th December 2019. ... Z-sfwIJXjo

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Some rather sad news

Post by shawty » Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:27 pm

Chuck Peddle, father of the 6502 CPU has passed away.

I've posted a slightly longer response in the BBC Forums on FB, I'm mostly just reposting the link here for those that don't do FB.
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Re: The passing of Chuck Peddle

Post by Ramtop » Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:36 pm

Very saddening news indeed. Chuck was more responsible for the personal computer revolution than anyone else, a truly great engineer who never stopped innovating.

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Chuck Peddle, part of 6502 design team, has died

Post by Soruk » Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:55 pm

After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and earning his degree in Engineering Physics, Peddle’s first job was with General Electric, working on time-shared computers. In 1973 he moved to Motorola to work on the development of the 6800 microprocessor, which was released in late 1974. Peddle saw enormous potential for lower-cost processors, and urged the company to develop one. At $300, the 6800 would bring huge profits, so the company decisively put an end to that idea. Naturally, Peddle quit and took his idea to work MOS Technology, and led the development of a new low-cost microprocessor. He brought some of his team from Motorola with him, notably Bill Mensch, Rod Orgill, Harry Bawcom, Ray Hirt, Terry Holdt, and Wil Mathys (see photo). Their result was the 6502, introduced in 1975. It cost just $25, which made it the chip of choice for early personal computers.

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Re: The passing of Chuck Peddle

Post by KarateEd » Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:55 am

I remember going to PET meetings, much the same as the ABUG meetings here in Canada and Mr. Peddle's name popped up at every single one of those meetings, him and Jim Butterfield.

We have certainly lived the history of the evolution of the computer. It's not over yet but the foundation of it has already been lived. Now it's just 'fine tuning'. I'm not sure we'll ever see the same kind of revolutionary advancement in the technology as we have in the 70s until now.
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