Signetics 2650 - The Mini Microprocessor - Powered Early Video Consoles


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About this Artwork

This artwork is a mixed media display celebrating the Signetics 2650 microprocessor. Introduced int the 1st half of 1975, the 2650 was Signetics first microprocessor. In some ways, the 2650 was more like a minicomputer than a microprocessor. The 2650 was an 8-bit microprocessor and had 15-bit memory addressing (32KB). The 15-bit addressing allowed the use of the 16th-bit to be used to indicate indirect memory addressing, a very minicomputer-like feature. The 2650 also had controls signals that enabled tight interfaces with TTL logic chips. The programming power and interface flexibility of the 2650 made it a very capable device. Although some microcomputers can be found based on the 2650, it is most often found in European and Australian video game consoles. Hobbyists were particularly fond of the 2650.

This artwork includes 3 major items. It has a large image of a Signetics 2650 chip. On the back are the artist’s signature and a narrative describing the artwork and the 2650. Also, the artwork includes a Signetics 2650AI chip in its 40-lead ceramic Dual In-line Package.


    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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