Classic Computers vs. Classic Computing

From: Pete Turnbull <>
Date: Fri Sep 14 15:13:26 2001

On Sep 14, 8:18, Jonathan Engdahl wrote:

> An idea that I've been thinking about is the re-implementation of a
> architecture (for me, probably a PDP-11) using entirely modern hardware.
> Another approach would be to view a Wintel
> PC as a microcoded platform, and reimplement the PDP-11 on that hardware.
> The microcode would be written in tightly crafted Pentium code. The
> would bootstrap itself by loading the microcode from a special partition
> the hard drive.

Why not burn it into (EP)ROM? 64K for the opcode jump table fits in a
27512, you maybe want about the same again for the code, and that would fit
in some devices used for BIOS ROMs these days. Or put it on a SIMM or

Pete						Peter Turnbull
						Network Manager
						University of York
Received on Fri Sep 14 2001 - 15:13:26 BST

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