[rescue] Compaq Proliant 8000

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at verizon.net
Thu Apr 29 16:05:35 CDT 2004

> From: "Jonathan C. Patschke" <jp at celestrion.net>
> Date: 2004/04/29 Thu PM 07:53:07 GMT
> To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
> Subject: Re: [rescue] Compaq Proliant 8000
> On Thu, 29 Apr 2004, Dave McGuire wrote:
> >    The PC design was started in the late 70s but it shipped in 1981.
> I may be totally out of my wits here, but I seem to recall a good amount
> of the PC design taking place (specifically the pinout of 8-bit ISA and
> the locations in memory for most of the key components) as part of an
> IBM super-smart typewriter project around 1974, and, due to the time
> constraints of the PC project, most of that stuff was recycled into
> the 5150.
> Of course, that was before my time, so all that knowledge either came
> from books, magazine, or The History Channel.

My recollection is that the basic design was from an Intel-supplied "reference design" in the back of the microprocessor handbook for the CPU. IBM didn't have time to figure out how to make their own system, so they based it on this "public domain" design.

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