who built the first 8086/88 based puter?

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Fri Mar 24 22:43:22 CST 2006


On 3/24/2006 at 9:20 PM Robert Feldman wrote:

>OK. The models from the LX100 and up do have a cutom Intel "Hornet" chip, 
>but it is an 80186 at its heart.

Well, yes and no, I think.  The 80186 has a unique interrupt controller,
timer and serial I/O facility.  The Hornet looks like these were replaced
with more conventional functional blocks (e.g., instead of the 80186 timer,
Intel placed a 8254 compatible unit).  I'd say that it's an 80186 only in
the sense that it has the same instruction set and basic CPU control.  But
the peripherals are another story.

Cheers,
Chuck





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