long term computers
bfranchuk at jetnet.ab.ca
Sat Feb 26 16:23:51 CST 2005
Ronald Wayne wrote:
> On Sat, 26 Feb 2005 12:49:19 -0500, Mike <kenziem at sympatico.ca> wrote:
>>this one was referened on the theregister recently
> Ah yes, somebody was showing me rfPICs last year. Just imagine a
> wireless webserver the size of a match head. :)
> I remember thinking at the time, 'how does this thing compare to an
> Apple II?' Of course the guy showing it to me didn't have the
> slightest idea because he didn't know what a 6502 was.
> So perhaps I should ask here: how would your typical 2005 vintage PIC
> compare to a early-1980's vintage 8-bit microprocessor? From what
> little I could gather the interface with the outside world is terribly
> limited (something like four lines on the chip I was looking at, one
> of which was special purpose) but that is slightly negated by the
> thing having an, albeit miniscule, amount of memory on chip.
From what I remeber from a quick look at them on the web looking for other stuff:
They tend to be small-ish RISC computers. 128 bytes of ram
2k of rom and some I/O pins ... Hey wait that sounds like PDP-8
again -- have we come full circle?
Ben alias woodelf
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