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Chuck Peddle and the 6502 chip determined the history of personal computers.
The same year the Altair was released, in 1975, an engineer called Chuck Peddle, with his team at MOS Technology, created a microprocessor called 6502. It was cheaper and more powerful than the ones existing at the time. It was not meant to be a CPU, but it ended up shaping the history of personal computers. MOS did not just produce the 6502, they also created other components and assembled a kit for hobbyists called KIM-1. With this kit you could create a fully working computer, with keyboard, led display and tape interface. You could say it was the Raspberry PI or the Arduino of the ’70s. Peddle wrote a very detailed documentation to help hobbyists. It was definitely easier to use compared to the Altair. MOS Technology sold around 7000 KIM-1 computers in total.
JR. wrote: ↑Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:32 am
I recall the s-100 bus computer(?) kit in Poptronics back in 75, but it didn't seem very useful, with a toggle switch interface.
The Zuma computer for the VMS66/70 lathes is an S100 bus computer. Only the I/O card was designed by John Bittner. The CPU, RAM and other card which I forget and don't want to open the box or dig out drawings were all standard S100 bus cards. I think Cromenco manufactured most of them.
There is a whole S100 bus subculture. Geeks who restore and use them. Hmm sounds familiar.
I think it depends which side of the pond you are on and what you were exposed to. My early computing experiences were a mix of Z80 and 6502. Certainly Commodore having the b*lls to buy MOS with Motorola hanging around helped.
Z80 was most famously used in the Radio Shack TRS80 family and the sinclair spectrum as well as hoardes of CP/M machines
6502 was PET, Apple and numerous games consoles.
I have to say as a yoof I found Z80 assembler a lot easier to get my head around. it took years before 6502 clicked.