8088s seattle comp.

From: Allison J Parent <allisonp_at_world.std.com>
Date: Sun Jun 8 22:01:20 1997

> Yes, I've since seen the guts of a TI-99/4A. I ignored it for many years
> since the time I first played with a TI-99/4 at the computer store in Las
> Vegas, wrote a BASIC loop to count to a hundred and got there first
> counting out loud. I've been shown since that the machine was reasonably
> fast, as long as you avoided BASIC, but that was the only tool at the

Basic was slow. But since I'd had the technico board for a few years before
the TI99 I'd been into assembler. The TI9900 cpu is a bit slow as it was
very memory intensive (registers AKA workspace was an allocated block of
ram). IT was a real computer archetecture compared to the 8080. When
compared to z80 at 2.5mhz or faster it was slower. But that was the spped
they could get out of silicon and the ti99 tried to cost reduce it by
narrowing the bus slowing it further. Still in many other ways it was a
more sophisticated cpu with memory banking when that was rarely heard of.

Received on Sun Jun 08 1997 - 22:01:20 BST

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