Commodore 64—How It Was Made

This is a Commodore promotional film from the early 1980s tracing the manufacturing of a Commodore 64 computer from the beach where the silicon originated to customer delivery. The film was restored from a poor-quality VHS recording with German narration. The images were restored (kind of) with a suite of video reconstruction and editing software and new English narration added. Particularly interesting are the shots of early 1980s semiconductor manufacturing at MOS Technology, by then a division of Commodore. By present-day standards, chip fabrication was tremendously labour-intensive, and chips affordable only because of the quantity of small chips that could be made on a silicon wafer.

Back in the day, I wrote some programs for the Commodore 64.