Rockwell PPS-4 info (was 8008 v. 4004...)
hilpert at cs.ubc.ca
Thu Dec 18 11:31:41 CST 2008
Dave McGuire wrote:
> On Wed, December 17, 2008 3:05 pm, Brent Hilpert wrote:
> > There was a later PPS-4/1 single-chip version. I don't know how popular
> > this
> > stuff was but I wonder if there aren't more PPS-4 systems buried in
> > equipment
> > and appliances from the period than is commonly known. (I have wondered,
> > for
> > example, what the 70's-era Amana Radarange microwave ovens used for
> > control.)
> Umm...mechanical timers.
60's era ones yes, but by 1978 or earlier they were like this:
LED display, keypad input. A friend has one, still in use, but I haven't bugged
him to let me look inside it. Could have been done with an ASIC of course but
it would also have been a good candidate to have used some mask-programmed 1 or
2 chip micro such as the PPS-4/1.
It's a minor interest: earliest consumer items (aside from the obvious
calculators) to use embedded micros. The earliest I have seen so far is a
Sherwood FM tuner ca. 1977 that uses an RCA 1802 (e.g.
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/ele/927622156.html). Repaired a couple for a
friend but forgot to take exact chip dates.
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