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August 1977 (vol. 10 no. 8)
pp. 83-86
D. Caulkins, Cabledata Associates, Inc.
The Fairchild F8 is a control microprocessor whose architecture is considerably different from most machines in the same price and performance class. Good computer architecture is consistent, symmetrical, and coherent; the programmer is provided with the maximum amount of information possible after each operation and his freedom of action is limited as little as possible. A machine with these qualities behaves in the way one expects it to behave; it is free of special cases and peculiar quirks. The F8 falls considerably short of meeting these goals. It predates most equivalent micros; its designers seem to have had little contact with others doing similar things. This background has resulted in a machine combining brilliant design concepts with ugly flaws.
Citation:
D. Caulkins, "Microsystems Opinion: Critique of the F8 Microprocessor," Computer, vol. 10, no. 8, pp. 83-86, Aug. 1977, doi:10.1109/C-M.1977.217830
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