30 Mar '14, 8am

What do the BBC Micro and Bender from Futurama have in common? #maximumgeekoverload

What do the BBC Micro and Bender from Futurama have in common? #maximumgeekoverload

This is part of IEEE Spectrum's Special Report: 25 Microchips That Shook the World . On 14 November 1999, an episode of ”Futurama,” the animated sci-fi comedy series conceived by ”The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, jolted computer geeks with a display of technological acumen absolutely unprecedented in prime-time entertainment. In the episode, ”Fry and the Slurm Factory,” a character named Professor Farnsworth points his F-ray at the head of the show’s famously ill-tempered robot, Bender. It reveals a little rectangle, apparently a chip, labeled ”6502.” The 6502 was a beloved--at least by geeks--8-bit microprocessor created by MOS Technology in 1975. It was the chip that the scruffy-bearded, ­sandal-wearing Steve Wozniak used to build the Apple II in 1977--”The Machine That Changed Everything,” as PC World once put it. It was also used in the Commodore PET, the BBC Micro...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/processors/the-tr...

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