[vcf-midatlantic] Working on a historical microprocessor exhibt

Tony Bogan thebogans at mac.com
Thu Feb 13 12:25:20 EST 2020

Jameel, please don’t think anything is definite yet. We all have our ideas, i mentioned my own take on this, and the hope is between all the different suggestions something far better than any one of us could have imagined will be the result!

I’m still busy looking up processors I never heard of before (or did not know were inside a given machine)  as a result of this discussion. So much to learn, so little time!


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> On Feb 13, 2020, at 12:07 PM, Jameel Akari via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>> On 2020-02-12 20:50, David Riley wrote:
>> On Feb 11, 2020, at 12:20 PM, Jameel Akari via vcf-midatlantic
>> <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>>> Like, I can donate or loan an early POWER or a VAX 6000 CPU board (they are both awesome looking artifacts) but now you've got large things next to very small things. ;)
>> Worth noting that the VAX 6000 isn't a microprocessor, per se; the
>> Mariah chipset, which was also used in a reduced capacity in the uVax
>> 3100-80 (of which I have one), is a multi-chip processor.  I think
>> it's actually an interesting illustration of how multi-chip CPU
>> architectures coexisted alongside true (single-chip) microprocessors
>> (e.g. CVAX) for a while while they fought for superiority, but it's
>> probably outside the scope of this exhibit.
> Yup, it's definitely out of the scope as its now been described.  I threw those examples out there as "you could end up with things like this if you let the scope get too wide."  Then you'd have to try to explain to visitors what you just describe.
> -- 
> Jameel Akari

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