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Re: [K12OSN] i586, i686? how do I tell? (off topic)



On Fri, 2004-12-24 at 16:19 -0500, "Terrell Prudé, Jr." wrote:
> No problem.  Here's your cross-reference, with a little bit of history.
> 
> 80386 ---> i386 (of course)
> 80486 ---> i486 (of course)
> Pentium   ---> 80586, or i586
> Pentium Pro ---> 80686 (i686)
> Pentium II ---> 80686
> Pentium III ---> 80686
> Pentium 4 ---> "80786" ("i786")
> 
> Thus, your mobile Pentium III is an 80686 chip.
> 
> So, what the heck is going on here?
> 
> WARNING:  THE BELOW IS KINDA LONG.
> 
> Here's the deal:  back in the 8086 days (the first really popular 16-bit 
> microprocessor), Intel found that they needed more capacity to produce 
> their 8088 CPU, because IBM had selected the 8088 chip for its new IBM 
[SNIP]

[Bowing to master]
Reminded me of all the years and the glee with which we would try to get
hands on the latest processor!

-- 
Sudev Barar
Learning Linux


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