multiple cpu machines Re: rogues galleries
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Wed Nov 29 08:22:02 CST 2006
And thusly were the wise words spake by Mike van Bokhoven
> From: "M H Stein" <dm561 at torfree.net>
> Subject: multiple cpu machines Re: rogues galleries
> > >Ahh, I was originally asking after systems with different CPUs though,
> > >several of the same type - mainly to rule out lots of posts about
> > >machines (as I was curious as to how many manufacturers managed to make a
> > >of selling 'average' systems with a mixture of CPU types - parallel
> > >tend to be in a different league)
> > Cromemco DPU? Z80 and 68000 on one S-100 card; add an IOP Serial I/O
> > card, and you've got another Z80...
> How about the Sega MegaDrive/Genesis? That ran a 68000 and Z80. If I
> remember rightly, the Z80 handled the startup procedure, handing off to the
> 68000 when things seemed to be under control. After that point, I think it
> was still available for parallel tasks, and was often used for sound
> processing. Its main purpose seemed to be to maintain backwards
> compatability with the prior model, the Master System.
Speaking of game consoles, there are also quite a few arcade boards
that use multiple CPUs.
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