PC CPU pioneer Chuck Peddle dies at 82

Chuck Peddle, a pioneer in the PC market who pioneered the development of low-cost microprocessors, died at home on December 15th at the age of 82. His partner, Kathleen Shaeffer, told the media that Peddle had pancreatic cancer, which is why Apple founder Steve Jobs died.

PC CPU pioneer Chuck Peddle dies at 82

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Born in 1937, He joined the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 18 and studied at the University of Maine, where he earned a degree in engineering physics, and in 1973 he joined Motorola, where he worked on 6,800 microprocessors. At the time, other microprocessors relied on three different voltages, but the 6800 only needed a single 5 volts, except that the 6800 cost as much as $300.

At the time, Peddle thought low-cost microprocessors were the king, and began to work on projects, and as Motorola withdrew his project, he turned to rival MOS Technology to lead the design of the 650x family processor. And in 1975 successfully launched a 6502 microprocessor for just $25.

David Gray, who was a colleague at Motorola and moved to MOS Technology, recalls that The 6502 was originally designed to challenge Intel’s 4040, 440 for $29. So they set the 8-bit 6502 at $25, however, compared to Intel’s 8-bit microprocessor 8080,6502 for only 15 percent of 8080.

This has allowed the Apple II, The Commodore VIC-20, Atari’s 8-bit computer, or Nintendo’s entertainment systems and large consoles to adopt the 6502, making It a pioneer of personal computers.

The New York Times also revealed a story about a computer company, Commodore Business Machines, which bought MOS in 1976 after the success of 6502, and That’s what happened to Steve, the company’s chief engineer, and then Apple’s co-founder, Steve. Jobs and Steve Wozniak also offered to sell Apple to Commodore, but Commodore refused. Commodore then built its own personal computer, Commodore PET, with 6502, for $495.

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