PDP-11 = Pentium Killer?

From: Jack Peacock <peacock_at_simconv.com>
Date: Wed Apr 22 16:34:07 1998

As the PDP-11 instruction set is MUCH better than 80x86, would it outrun
a PC?

Hmm, refresh my memory, now what were the PDP-11 instructions to
directly address 4GB of memory? I can't seem to recall any 32 bit
address registers.

Darn. I've really lost it...how did the virtual memory hardware work in
a PDP-11?

Seriously, if you mean the sorta RISC like instruction set in the 11 is
better than the x86 set, then DEC probably would have come up with
something like that. Course, with extra silicon, they could have gone
to 64 bits, and put more cache onboard, then clock it really fast. Then
come up with some catchy marketing name, like Gamma, or Beta, or ....
        Jack Peacock
Received on Wed Apr 22 1998 - 16:34:07 BST

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