1st Anniversary of the CHIPS and Science Act: Celebrating the Legacy of the 6502 Microprocessor in

MESA, Ariz. - Aug. 11, 2023 - PRLog -- We are celebrating the 1st Anniversary of the CHIPS and Science Act (H.R.4346) signing, a momentous occasion that has opened doors to a new era of computing education. In the past year, the Act has brought together industry partners, colleges, and universities from around the world to create System On Chip (SOC) Design and Tapeout Classes. At the heart of this educational transformation lies the legendary 6502 microprocessor, a key player in the digital revolution that changed the world of computers forever.

The 6502 microprocessor holds a special place in the history of technology. According to Stephen Cass in the 30 JUN 2017 edition of IEEE Spectrum, "When one particular geek stuck one particular chip into one particular computer circuit board and booted it up, the universe skipped a beat." That geek was Steve Wozniak, and the chip was the 6502, which went on to power not only the Apple I but also the Apple IIc and IIe, as well as numerous other systems, including life support pacemakers and defibrillators.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of industry-leading companies, including Arm Limited, Cadence Design Systems, Inc., CMC Microsystems, and The Western Design Center, Inc. (WDC), the 6502 microprocessor is now the keystone of computing education. Professors and students will be able to delve into the details of the actual CMOS microprocessor still in production and used in various critical systems.

The SOC Design and Tapeout Classes, first taught at ASU from 1994-1998 and now expanding to Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, will empower students to apply the 6502 microprocessor for embedded intelligence technology (EIT) solutions. The curriculum will cover a fresh approach on GDSII to ASIC and Verilog RTL to ASIC design flow, providing hands-on experience with the development process.

Bill Mensch, Founder, and CEO of WDC expressed his excitement about the milestone, stating, "WDC is proud to have played a pioneering role in the microprocessor IP business, and we are committed to enriching Computer Science and Engineering education. The 6502 microprocessor offers a unique learning tool, connecting the past, present, and future of computing."

The impact of the 6502 microprocessor on education is undeniable. It has not only revolutionized the way we learn about technology but also serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of innovation. The 6502 continues to inspire and empower students and educators, bridging the gap between early computing and the potential of future generations.

Join us in celebrating the 1-year anniversary of the CHIPS and Science Act and the educational legacy of the 6502 microprocessor. Together, let's inspire the next generation of computer scientists, engineers, and innovators.

Read more at: www.WDC65xx.com/Educational-IP/

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