Chuck Peddle, 1937 - 2019

Chuck Peddle, the main designer of the 6502, has passed away on Dec. 15th, 2019. Peddle was one of the engineers that developed the 6800 at Motorola. He later went to MOS in order to implement his vision of an 8bit CPU for way less than $300, which was Motorola’s price for the 6800. This idea of a cheap but powerful CPU materialized as the 6501, and finally the 6502. That very chip, which started the microcomputer revolution, and on which both Marko and myself began to write our first code ever at an early age.
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Weird bug in SD card code

Frank van den Hoef, who is adapting the Steckschwein SPI & FAT32 code for his tiny65 machine made me aware of a classic mistake for a 6502 assembly coder to make. Namely in our sdcard driver, when waiting for the “proper” response from the card (which should have bit 7 cleared). The routine handling this looked like this: 1 sd_cmd_response_wait: 2 ldy #sd_cmd_response_retries 3 @l: dey 4 beq sd_block_cmd_timeout ; y already 0?
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V9958 - “The WAIT” - investigation of the CPU/VDP /WAIT interface

… on the way back to munich, we had some time to do a little code review of our gfx library. thinking about the cpu to video chip timings and again read the well known datasheets of the V9938/V9958. suddenly i got an enlightenment and we came to the following conclusion. as described in the datasheet (V9958-Technical-manual_v1.0.pdf) of the V9958 there are different timings given for different kind of writes. so as far as we understand there are the following timings
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VCFB 2018 It was great…

VCF 2018 in Berlin was great! We’ve met interesting people there. Got a handshake with Scot W. Stevenson who for(th)ced us to use his TaliForth2 ;) Later on Saturday Daniel Illgen - maintainer of the Adlib Tracker II for Linux - had decided to honor us with his OPL2 knowledge while on the way out. He advised us to keep the OPL2 sound chip on the Steckschwein, because the OPL2 chip is still not outbid.
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