Intel 8088 processor from the first IBM PC is 35 years old




The processor of the first IBM PC hit the market in the early eighties, the Intel 8088, is 35 years old. The 16-bit CPU was a minor upgrade compared to its predecessor, 8086 and was due to the popularity of the IBM PC the beginning of the dominance of Intel CPUs in desktops.

Intel 8088 in the first IBM PC It is unclear whether the 8088 Intel actually presented on July 1, 1979, or that it was an announcement a month earlier, as many sources say. Actually The 8088 cost for release at around $ 124 and IBM, which wanted to work with Intel and also preferably chosen at the request of Microsoft for a 16bit processor, the choice of the first IBM PC in 1981.

Because the first IBM PC ran on the Intel 8088 processor, were many clones also use this processor to be compatible with the IBM version. Thus compatible Thus began a long history of dominance of Intel processors in desktops and laptops with Microsoft operating systems. This dominance is ongoing.

The Intel 8088 turned up to 5MHz, but Intel used a clock frequency of 4.7 MHz. Later versions of the 8088 were to 10MHz. The processor has been in production for over ten years.

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