modern serial terminal

David Griffith dgriffi at cs.csubak.edu
Thu Nov 8 21:24:10 CST 2007


On Thu, 8 Nov 2007, Eric J Korpela wrote:

> > So what's your thoughts on the 8088?  16-bit registers, 8-bit data path
> > (but with 16-bit addressing).  Is it a 16-bit CPU or an 8-bit CPU?
>
> ALU and internal data path are 16 bits.  It's essentially an 8086
> multiplexed down to an 8 bit external data bus.  That makes it a 16
> bit processor in my book, albeit a crippled one.  For the same reason
> a MC68008 is a 16 bit processor in the same way that the MC68000 is.

Hmm... So, why was the Sega Genesis billed as a 16-bit machine?  It uses a
68k.

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