jim stephens jwsmail at jwsss.com
Tue Nov 16 18:08:23 CST 2021

On 11/16/2021 2:20 PM, Al Kossow via cctalk wrote:
> On 11/16/21 2:08 PM, Murray McCullough via cctalk wrote:
>> Did the 4004 chip start our interest in microcomputing? 
> no
I got interested in microprogramming  before it was hijacked as a a term 
for such devices.  It's generous at best to apply that term to a 4004 

In 1971 firmware and the like still was still very much something that 
was used in conjunction with system design.  A group was very active, 
SIGMicro to share techniques.  Only after most microprogramming vanished 
into a black hole in the silicon did it taper off.

I'm glad some amount of that discipline has emerged in that context, and 
not applied to small ceramic chips with gold legs.


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