Feelings about vintage systems

Jim Leonard trixter at oldskool.org
Thu Aug 24 16:12:24 CDT 2006

Chuck Guzis wrote:
> I can't honestly admit that I feel any sort of affinity for the Intel x8x
> (including the Z80), even though I've had tons of low-level programming
> time on the entire family.  The processor family, right from the 8008,
> always seemed to introduce capabilities through an agglutinative process
> rather than through revolutionary design.  I give Moto a lot of credit for
> rethinking their processor architecture periodically.  The question as to
> what it got them competitively is a whole different matter.

Well, the other choice at the time was the 68000.  32-bit registers, 
yes, but it had goofy quirks all its own (didn't you halt the CPU if you 
attempted to read memory not on word boundaries or something?
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