hardware multiply/divide functionality in CPUs

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Mon Mar 7 17:27:46 CST 2011


There were math co-processor boards (AM9511, AM9512, for example) for 
S100 systems.  ISTR that there was even a TRW bipolar (16x16?  Huge 
chip that ran hot as a pistol) for the S100 bus.

The Moto 6809 had an 8x8 multiplier.

The TI TMS9900 had both multiply and divide instructions.

Going further afield, the DG MicroNova had multiply and divide (but 
not the Fairchild 9440).

All mainframes of the time that I'm aware of had floating-point 
multiply.  Many had floating-point divide (or a mechanism for getting 
there).  Many lacked integer multiply and divide.

--Chuck







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