Random bits of historical and architectural computer information
These are some documents I found at various web sites
(et al) which contain information of an architectural and/or historical
information about various microprocessors and other computer-related
technology. Most of them are quite dated.
If anyone has some information along these lines that they would like to
see made available here, please let me know
168KB, 1995-02-06, An overview of many processors
(mostly Intel and x86 clones) from the 4004 to 1995-era. Includes
manufacturers and occasionally transistor count and release date.
66KB, 1996-11-??, An excellent timeline (Jan 1994
to Nov 1996) of what the author believed to be meaningful events in the
recent history of computing systems. Very precise with regards
to release and ship dates. A pity it covers only a narrow
period in history.
25KB, 1999-03-05, An extensive index of
microprocessors organized by manufacturer and architecture, with
links to pages with relevant information. Also contains
links to various other computer information (FAQs, terminology,
7KB, 1999-03-21, A table of microprocessors
compiled from SPEC's list of systems
officially benchmarked under SPEC95. The table only includes
processor names, SPECint95 scores, and (when I could find them) their
transistor counts and ship dates. The table is sorted by
ascending SPECint score and contains only the highest SPECint scores
for each processor (SPEC's table contained scores for multiple systems,
some with the same processor). This is a work in progress,
and many of the gaps (especially on the more recent processors) should
be easily filled when I can find the time.
Note -- if there are any college professors in
the audience, you may want to consider assigning your students historical
microprocessor research. Undergrads scale very well in
parallel! They could each sign up for two or three months of a
given year and try to find a dozen or so important events which occured
during that time (a la the CPU Timeline). After all the reports
are in, you could append them all in order and have a fairly extensive
timeline, just to look at or to base future assignments on (ie, "How has
historical microprocessor development varied from Moore's Law?
How has microprocessor performance historically changed as a function of
time?", etc). And of course I would be more than willing to make
such a timeline available here! Information I think would be most
meaningful would be release date, ship date, price per unit 0/1/2 years
after shipping, benchmarks scores, transistor count, external bus width,
native word width, ALU width (which sometimes differs from the native
word width; qv the 68000 which had 32-bit native words but a 16-bit ALU),
fabrication process (.6um, .35um, .25um, etc), manufacturer, and uses to
which the processor was put.
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