Motorola 6800 - Microprocessor Robotics - Motorola's First CPU


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About this Artwork

This artwork is a mixed media display celebrating the Motorola 6800 microprocessor. The 6800 was introduced to directly compete with Intel's 8080. The 6800 was a simpler microprocessor than the 8080. It had fewer instructions and simpler control signals. It was the first microprocessor to use a single 5-volt power supply and an index register. The 6800 can be found in only a few microcomputers, such as the SWTPC 6800 and Altair 680. However, you are more likely to find the 6800, or its descendants, in cars and robots, where the 6800 instruction set has proved very successful. Since the late 1970s, most GM cars have had a 6800 related processor. Also, the 6800 family's broad line, its ease of programming and its interfacing flexibility have made it very popular with industrial and hobbyist robot designers, especially the 6811.

This artwork includes 3 major elements. It has a large image of a Motorola 6800 chip. On the back is a narrative describing the artwork and the 6800, and the artist’s signature. Also, included is a Motorola 6800 chip in a black poly resin 40 lead DIP (Dual Inline Package) package. The fully functional chip is mounted with threads and is surrounded by an enlarged diagram of the chip with the electrical signal designations for each of its leads.

The artwork includes a functional genuine Motorola MC6800 chip.


    The artwork is framed in an 11"x14" black shadow box frame, with glass. All framing materials are acid-free. A narrative about the artwork that includes the artist’s signature is placed on the back of the artwork.

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