Famous Apple chip studied by digital archaeologists
Posted 10 January 2011 - 11:13 AM
Posted 10 January 2011 - 11:21 AM
"the only way to glean in-depth understanding of the chip is to strip away the polysilicon layers of the chip using acid, photographing the results in high-resolution."
Posted 10 January 2011 - 12:53 PM
It's true. The NES had much more powerful graphics hardware, and a lot more RAM, but the CPU was the same (although maybe at a higher clock speed.)
Plenty of old-school arcade systems used 6502s too.
Posted 10 January 2011 - 02:16 PM
You must be proud of the contribution your father and his fellow engineers made to computing, Synsoniq.
Your post really illustrates the reality of this situation--even though these early chips just aren't that old, 30-35 years is a LONG time in terms of fragile human life, and top engineers from earlier generations do leave us. So, while there may be people who still understand these early designs well enough to assist in their documentation _now_, in 5-10 years, there will be fewer...