The RCA 1802 - Microprocessors in Space


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About this Artwork

The COSMAC 1802 was RCA's first single-chip microprocessor. The COSMAC architecture was the first microprocessor based on CMOS chip technology. CMOS chips could be suspended to save battery life, operated in extended temperature ranges, and were more tolerant of electronic interference. It is no wonder that the COSMAC was the first microprocessor in space. The 1802 flew on the Viking, Voyager, and Galileo spacecraft. While only a few COSMACs flew in space, they had wide commercial use. For example, they were used in Chrysler electronic ignitions, RCA and Radio Shack video games, RCA video terminals, Elf computers, and ETI-660 computers. The 1802 led the microprocessor market in shipments at its peak popularity in 1977.

This artwork includes 3 major items. It has an image of the 1802 chip. On the back are the artist’s signature and a narrative describing the artwork and the 1802. Also, the artwork includes an RCA 1802 microprocessor.


    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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