[OT] Old kit (was:Re: IP4 Space)
owen at delong.com
Fri Mar 26 12:16:44 CDT 2010
On Mar 26, 2010, at 8:45 AM, Lamar Owen wrote:
> On Wednesday 24 March 2010 05:24:39 pm Michael Dillon wrote:
>> For comparison look at the z-80 CPU which powered the early desktop
>> computers. When the IBM PC came out, people thought that the Intel
>> would make the Z-80 obsolete. But it didn't. The Z-80 just
>> into all sorts of electronic
>> devices where it serves as a controller for some function, perhaps
>> video display or the disk drive servos. And you can still buy them.
> Lots of DVD drives use embedded Z80's as controllers, including the
> drive in my laptop. Never thought that my teenage years spent
> hacking Z80
> machine code on a TRS-80 could produce a currently marketable
> Quick, Z80 joke coming.... Addr: 0000:21 00 00 01 FF FF 11 01 00 ED
> B0.......Will it finish?
> Same is true of MIPS and PowerPC, though. There are far more MIPS
> chips in
> routers than ever saw desktop use in SGI workstations; and while it
> might take
> a little while for Cisco's PowerPC driven routers' CPU's to
> outnumber all the
> PowerMacs our there, one day it will happen.
> And then all those PowerMac assembly language gurus might prove
> useful in the
> router side of the house.....
The Juniper SRX-100 appears to have a MIPS or MIPS-like chip in it
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