30 Aug '16, 3pm

The Surprising Story of the First Microprocessors

The Surprising Story of the First Microprocessors

the evolution of the microprocessor followed anything but a straight line. Much was the result of chance and the outcome of various business decisions that might easily have gone otherwise. Consider how the 8-bit processor architecture that CTC designed for the Datapoint 2200 was implemented in four distinct ways. CTC did it twice using a board stuffed with bipolar chips, first in an arrangement that communicated data serially and later using a parallel design that was much faster. Both TI and Intel met CTC’s requirements with single chips having almost identical instruction sets, but the packaging, control signals, instruction timing, and internal circuitry of the two chips were entirely different.

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