modern serial terminal

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Thu Nov 8 21:32:50 CST 2007


David Griffith wrote:
> 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.

If memory serves, because it has a 16-bit graphics pipeline.

Peace...  Sridhar



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