The digital age has only been upon us for a few decades, but it’s hard to remember a time when we couldn’t browse the web while watching television, look up directions on google maps, or play a quick game of solitaire. However, the history of home computers began slowly in the 1970s with a small group of programmers and engineers that left Motorola in order to focus on and create a less expensive, smaller, and faster processor – and thus, the CPU was born.
Within a few years of the creation of the MOS 6502, the chip would find itself in various home electronic pieces including the Apple computer, the Commodore PET, and the NES game system. It is the precursor to home computers today. This months’ Archaeology Magazine highlights the origins of the computer chip and its role in society. Read about it in this Archaeology article and view the slide-show here.