Chuck Peddle has died – Created the $ 25 chip that brought PCs into our homes

Chuck Peddle was one of the most important figures in the early days of the personal computer era. He was left behind as the creator of the MOS Technology chip 6502 , a processor that cost $ 25 in 1975 (today’s value of about $ 130) and was incorporated into the first wave of personal computers such as the Apple II and Commodore PET.

So the man who democratized computers by making PCs accessible to everyone, passed away at the age of 82, after a battle with endemic disease.

Peddle wanted to design the 6502 on the Motorola he was working on. When she refused for internal competition, Peddle and six of his team went to MOS Technology. Motorola chased the 6502 with lawsuits to halt sales, forcing MOS to settle in 1976. Commodore then acquired MOS, made Peddle its chief engineer, and changed the landscape of computers with the $ 495 PET.

Note that different versions of the 6502 were integrated into the Atari 2600 and the NES.

Chuck Peddle is one of the greatest unrecognized heroes of the PC era. Essentially, all the first successful, personal computers on the market were created around 6502, not with Intel chips or anyone else. – Doug Fairbairn, Director of the Museum of Computer History at Mountain View