- MOS Technology 6507
The 6507 is an 8-bit
microprocessorfrom MOS Technology, Inc. It is a "cut down" version of their popular 6502. To reduce costs the 6507 included only thirteen address pins instead of the 6502's sixteen. This allowed the 6507 to address 8 KB of memory, which at the time (back in 1975) was considered to be a lot. The omission of these lines allowed the 6507 to come in a smaller 28-pin package, instead of the 40 pins of the 6502.
In addition to the reduced
address bus, the 6507 is also unable to service external interrupts, but is otherwise identical to the 6502. The 6507 was only widely used in two applications, the bestselling Atari 2600 video game consoleand the Atari 8-bit family floppy diskcontrollers for the 810 and 1050 drives. In the 2600, the system was further limited by the design of the cartridge slot, which allowed for only 4KB of external memory to be addressed (the other 4KB was reserved for the internal RAM and I/O chip). Most other machines, notably home computers based on the 650x architecture, used either the "full" 6502 or extended, rather than cut down, versions of it, in order to allow for more memory.
By the time the 6502 line was becoming widely used around 1980, ROM and RAM
semiconductormemory prices had fallen to the point where the 6507 was no longer a worthwhile simplification; its use in new designs ceased at that point, though the Atari 2600 which contained it continued to be sold until the end of the 1980s.
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