Blame Eric Smith's nice web site, first thing is a mention of an Alpha
Micro emulator, which had vanished from where his link pointed.
Using a link from the original project person and archive.org
, I located
the current location and managed to get a working AMOS 5 system working.
There is a log of information on the site about the Alpha Micro and AMOS
if anyone is interested. It appears that they are still chugging much
like the zombie from Basic 4 still chugs along servicing the 21st
century versions of these POS and small business automation packages.
mai systems is Basic 4 in case anyone is interested. A friend who left
Microdata for Basic 4 is still on staff.
Apparently on the AMOS system they went to running on a USB dongle at
some point with an atmel system of some sort, at the time I found it it
was hosted by XP. The current systems seem to be sold in that mode.
Looks like the Cobol / BAsic / C / ISAM model was enough to attract and
keep enough developers to sustain them thru the years.
I followed up on an ancient thread because it is the latest one I could
find mentioning Alpha Micro.
On 2/21/2012 7:31 PM, Al Kossow wrote:
On 2/21/12 5:48 PM, Rich Alderson wrote:
From: Dave McGuire
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 5:01 PM
Not the FIS, but the LSI-11 chipset itself,
either four or five
chips. It's the WD Pascal MicroEngine chipset, with its microcode
rewritten to execute the PDP-11 instruction set.
At the time that the WD Pascal MicroEngine came out, I was informed
(by someone who would have known) that *it* was a re-use of the LSI-11
chip set using new microcode.
There was also a WD1600 which was neither PDP-11 nor P-Code, and the
original CPU from Alpha Microsystems. I'd have to do some digging to
see if that
and the WD1600 were similar.