[vcf-midatlantic] Semi-OT: microcontollers (?)
ragooman at gmail.com
Thu Jun 29 12:54:13 EDT 2017
On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 12:47 PM, Dan Roganti <ragooman at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 12:25 PM, Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>> On 06/29/2017 12:12 PM, Herb Johnson via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>> > I would suggest that early "microcontrollers" are on topic here.
>> Me too.
>> The microcontroller is a special case of the microprocessor. They're
>> computers too.
>> Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
>> New Kensington, PA
> I recall the TMS1000 was the first one in 1974, and its many variants
> thru the 70s and 80s, but they called it a microcomputer. I guess the term
> microcontroller came a few years later. But it combined all the essential
> components on one die, processor, ram, rom, and some had LED or VFD display
> ports. Not only did they find their way into calculators, but also the
> first generation of computerized board games and robotic toys in the 1970s,
> Code Name Sector and Big Trak. I think Intel didn't get onboard the
> microcontroller scene until 1980 with the 8051/31 But I could be mistaken.
ohh, I remember now,
of course Intel had the 8049 microcontroller in the 70s
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