[vcf-midatlantic] Working on a historical microprocessor exhibt

Neil Cherry ncherry at linuxha.com
Sun Feb 9 19:12:03 EST 2020

On 2/9/20 11:45 AM, Adam Michlin via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> VCF is working on a historical exhibit of CPUs (not really support chips at this point).
> Literally just the CPUs.
> What should we have at the bare minimum? 4004, 8008, 8088, 8086, 6502, Z80, 6800, 6809...?
> What should we have if we have more space? 80x86, 680x0, Sparc, MIPS, Power, Alpha, ARM,
> Itanium...?
> Modern CPUs (to some degree) aren't out of the question, either, as we're hoping to show
> the progression of Moore's Law from the 4004 (2,300 transistors) to present day maybe, for
> example, a AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (at 9,890,000,000 transistors).
> Thoughts? I'm sure I'm forgetting plenty of important CPUs.

8088/8086 fall under the same family code wise (8 vs 16 bit)

I would think the 8085 would be in there are I think most CP/M machines are
8085 and Z80 (there was CP/M for 6802, 68K and 8088/86 also).

The original ARM 1 (?) would be interesting but I think they're hard to
come by.

On the micontroller side things get intereesting as there are lots of processors.
Motorola 68xx (not those listed above), Intel 804x/805x, Z8, GI PICs (later Microchip).
I don't think we see the AVR until the 90's. I'm more than certain I've missed a few.
I never paid much attention to the 1 bit processors. I know Japan has a family of
processor that I've never heard of yet were the most popular microcontroller ever

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