register-impoverished childhoods was Re: Z80 TRAP and CP/M

Don Y dgy at DakotaCom.Net
Wed Apr 5 13:57:51 CDT 2006


Jay West wrote:
> I don't call it "register-impoverished", that's too negative a term. I'd 
> prefer to call it "extraneous register-free" :)
> 
> I've always loved the simplicity of the 6502, 6809, HP2100... expressly 
> because there was just one or two accumulators, and just one or two more 
> registers for indexing or scratch. Early RISC ;) I always loathed the 
> more complex x86 type architectures that sported lots more 
> (comparatively) registers. They felt very "calculator-like" to me.

Register-rich *orthogonal* instruction set -- not intel's
bastardization of a bastardization of a bastardization...  :-(



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