[Python-Dev] %b format? - 8088 like a PDP-11 I think not...

Eric S. Raymond esr@thyrsus.com
Mon, 4 Jun 2001 16:11:14 -0400

Barry Scott <barry@scottb.demon.co.uk>:
> Eric wrote:
> > While I'm at it, I should note that the design of the 11 was ancestral
> > to both the 8088 and 68000 microprocessors, and thus to essentially 
> > every new general-purpose computer designed in the last fifteen years.
> The key to PDP-11 and VAX was lots of registers all a like and rich
> addressing modes for the instructions.
> The 8088 is very far from this design, its owes its design more to
> 4004 then the PDP-11.

Yes, but the 4004 was designed as a sort of lobotomized imitation of the 65xx,
which was descended from the 11.  Admiitedly, in the chain of transmission here
were two stages of redesign so bad that the connection got really tenuous.
		<a href="http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/">Eric S. Raymond</a>

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