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The Computer Technology (CT) program has been developed to provide training in the principles underlying the design of modern computer systems. Chuck Peddle leads a small team of former Motorola employees to build a low-cost microprocessor. The MOS 6502 was introduced at a conference in San Francisco at a cost of $25, far less than comparable processors from Intel and Motorola, leading some attendees to believe that the company was perpetrating a hoax. The chip quickly became popular with designers of early personal computers like the Apple II and Commodore PET, as well as game consoles like the Nintendo Entertainment System. The 6502 and its progeny are still used today, usually in embedded applications.

Computers are ever-present in today’s developed societies. We carry smartphones, amuse ourselves with video games, drive vehicles with embedded systems, and we manage our daily lives from computers that are interconnected throughout the world. And, the … Read more

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