A bit of history: on this day in 1941, Konrad Zuse presented the Z3, the
world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.
Pity it got destroyed when the joint was bombed...
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Clem Cole <clemc(a)ccc.com> wrote:
> On Sun, May 9, 2021 at 3:58 PM Larry McVoy <lm(a)mcvoy.com> wrote:
> > National couldn't get it together to produce bug free chips or maybe
> > we'd all be running that, pretty nice architecture (in theory).
> I've always wondered if a Nat Semi NS32016 based system running in a PC/AT
> form factor had appeared that was priced like a PC/AT if that might have
> had a chance.
Acorn Computers made an odd machine consisting of a BBC micro with a 32016
second processor in a box. (It didn't run a unix-like OS, I'm afraid.) The
32016 was one of the CPUs that inspired the ARM, because its performance
was so terrible: it was not able to make good use of the available memory
bandwidth. (There wasn't a 68000 second processor because its interrupt
latency was too bad to drive the "tube" interface.)
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