AMD bit-slice machines
Steven N. Hirsch
shirsch at adelphia.net
Sun Jan 1 20:36:00 CST 2006
On Fri, 30 Dec 2005, Richard wrote:
> Besides the Lilith Modula-2 workstation, what other computers were
> made from the AMD 29xx bit-slice architecture?
I believe the late, lamented New England Digital Corp. built the
Synclavier music system (quarter-million buck digital synthesizer and
audio workstation) CPU from AMD 29xx pieces. Early on, they produced a
bit-slice mini (late 70s?) for commercial applications and propagated
the same ISA to the Synclavier in the early-to-mid 80s. I'm drawing a
total blank on the name of the mini, but recall seeing terminal sessions
all over their engineering department.
Two very bright Dartmouth CS grads were behind NED: Sidney Alonzo and
Cameron Jones. These guys wrote the book on cutting edge audio synthesis
algorithms. Not sure whatever became of them or the other NED staff.
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