Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 16:50 UTC
Apple We all have our most favored machines of yesteryear; in this I assume that most people are like me, anyway. Breaking away from the mundane every-day news of boring (I jest) new technologies such as touchscreens the size of a wall and upcoming operating systems that support graphics cards with 1.5 GB of vRAM, take a walk down memory lane-- or "Neurological Alley" as I like to call it-- and take a look inside, outside, and in all of the nooks and crannies in between the circuits of the Macintosh Plus and its accompanying System 6, fresh from the splendor of 1986.
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68 o what?
by jack_perry on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 17:50 UTC
jack_perry
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2005-07-06

a Motorola 680000 processor running at a grand 8 MHz

They wish. Chop off one zero.

They only used 40000 transistors, but I was told by a professor (or I read in a text; it was 20 years ago) that the name indicated how many transistors Motorola thought they could fit on the chip. Although it wouldn't surprise me if it was also due to Motorola's previous 8-bit family, the 68xx.

It was an extremely well designed processor, running the Amigas of the time, too, and later the Palm PDA.

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RE: 68 o what?
by weildish on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 18:29 in reply to "68 o what?"
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2008-12-06

Whoops. You're right. Sorry about that. Fixed. ;) And thanks for expounding on the history of the processor. That was very interesting. So if your professor (or the text) was correct, I deem that the processor could have run faster and worked harder if Motorola had built it with all of the transistors that it could have supported. Interesting.

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