POLL: Pick your favorite 8-bit Microprocessor!

FoBoT

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it was a toss up between the 680x - Motorola 8-bit µP and the Z80, but since i never actually owned a Z80 , i had to go with the motorola
 

OS

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Hmm, I built a 4 bit processor for a lab, I could probably double up all the verilog modules and extend it to be an 8 bit cpu. Then that would be my favorite one. :)
 

DaveSimmons

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6502 was a clean instruction set, and paired up nicely with both the Atari and C64 graphics chips.

This brings back memories of patching assembly code in the debugger on my C=64 because it was so much faster than rebuilding a game in the assembler :)

That, and timing out loops to see if they'd complete in few enough cycles to fit in 4 vertical-blank intervals.

80x86 coders had it way too easy :)
 

ViRGE

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Ugg, it's a hard choice. The Moto 68K brought us the Mac, the TI-89/92, and later on the Palm Pilot, but the Z80 brought us TI-82/83 calculators, and the Game Boy. In the end, I had to go with the 68K.
 

N8Magic

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My vote also goes to the 6502, as it was the processor in my first computer. (Atari 600XL) :D
 

N8Magic

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Originally posted by: LeeTJ
didn't intel have an 8086?

oh wait. sorry, was the 8086 a 16 bit chip?

Yes, the 8086 was a 16-bit processor.

So was the 8088, but it had an 8-bit bus for compatibility with cheap chipsets.
 

LeeTJ

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Originally posted by: N8Magic
Originally posted by: LeeTJ
didn't intel have an 8086?

oh wait. sorry, was the 8086 a 16 bit chip?

Yes, the 8086 was a 16-bit processor.

So was the 8088, but it had an 8-bit bus for compatibility with cheap chipsets.

ya, that was an interesting thing back then. i think the 8086 came first right?? but intel felt that no one would need a true 16 bit chip so they made the 8088. more or less a crippled 8086. :)
 

chiwawa626

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N8Magic

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Originally posted by: LeeTJ
Originally posted by: N8Magic
Originally posted by: LeeTJ
didn't intel have an 8086?

oh wait. sorry, was the 8086 a 16 bit chip?

Yes, the 8086 was a 16-bit processor.

So was the 8088, but it had an 8-bit bus for compatibility with cheap chipsets.

ya, that was an interesting thing back then. i think the 8086 came first right?? but intel felt that no one would need a true 16 bit chip so they made the 8088. more or less a crippled 8086. :)

You got it.

Consider it to be the Celeron of it's generation. :p