Whitechapel Computer Works MG-1

Jon Elson elson at pico-systems.com
Sun Nov 30 16:36:32 CST 2014

On 11/30/2014 03:02 PM, Rich Alderson wrote:
> From: tony duell
> Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2014 8:03 AM
>>> I think some of them might be early enough that they were still calling
>>> them 16032
>> Quite likely. The chip was renamed for marketing reasons IIRC (it was a 16
>> bit chip with 32 bit registers, renamed as a 32 bit chip with a 16 bit bus
>> or some such).
> It was renamed after the 32032 hit the market, same architecture with 32-bit
> external data paths instead of the 16 bits of the earlier chip.  Somewhere
> in the storage locker I still have original data sheets for both.  I think.
Ahh, the NAT Semi 16032/32016!  I have a bunch of them here 
on Multibus boards.
I built a multiprocessor system for reducing nuclear 
experiment data faster than
a VAX 11/780 could.  it was marginally faster, but not 
enough of an improvement
for our general users to jump on it.

I did clone a Logical Microcomputer Co. 16032 system running 
Genix, and get it
working at home.  It was a DOG!  Possibly my memory and 
memory interface was
too slow for it, but it was just barely usable.  This was 
the 16-bit variant.  it was
a full 32-bit architecture with a 16-bit external interface.

The 16032 was later renamed the 32016, 32-bit architecture, 
16-bit external
bus.  They also had the 32032, full 32-bit external bus, 
lots faster.


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