Leading processor designer Chuck Peddle has died at the age of 82

Chuck Peddle, one of the most important engineers of the early home computer era, died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 82.


ο Chuck Peddle was known as the lead designer of the low-cost 6502 processor, MOS Technology (costing just $ 25 in 1975), used in the first home computers, such as the Apple II and Commodore PET. Variations of this kernel have affected consoles such as the Atari 2600 and the NES. If you miss the days of 8-bit computers, then you owe a debt of gratitude to Peddle.

Peddle wanted to design an affordable chip for Motorola. But when Motorola did not respond to his proposal, Peddle and six members of the team knocked on the door of MOS Technology. Commodore then bought MOS, making Peddle the chief engineer and changing the landscape of computers.

Peddle left the MOS team in 1980 and worked on lower-level projects, such as Sirius Systems Technology Victor PC and removable hard drives that were precursors to external drives and USB sticks. But he had left his legacy. It has contributed to the spread of computing by making home computers affordable.

And to some extent, it introduced the concept of ubiquitous computing, where technology spread everywhere instead of sitting on monolithic servers. In this sense, smartphones and connected homes have their roots in Peddle ideas, which were formulated 45 years ago.

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