The Intel 4004
Well, this thread was ultimately spawned by the "super language" thread.
Here is the throught process that brought it around:
"super language" -> assembly -> wikipedia: assembly -> programs written in assembly -> cp/m -> msdos -> x86 -> 8086 -> 4004
That is one long thought process....
Anyways, so I checked out the Intel 4004 on Wikipedia. I thought it was really cool because now after taking a couple college digital design classes I understand everything that is going on in that thing...not only that...we are designing a more complicated architecture in our digital design class right now than that.
4 bits! barely more than 700 kHZ in clock speed!
That is so cool...I love antique computer stuff....
Yeah same here. Shame you can't dig up the internal schematics to the 4004. I think that'd be interesting to look over. Maybe even put the schematics into a digital electronics simulator and play around with it.
oh i did. that was easy to find actually. just go to the external links of that wikipedia page and there are all sorts of resources about the 4004 including a simulator and all the internal schematics, down to the transistor level.
My first processor was the 8088 which was a descendant of the 4004. When you divide it all up the chips are not that complex...in theory.