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On Tuesday, April 05, 2011 02:29:04 PM Tom Horsley wrote:
> On Tue, 5 Apr 2011 14:06:03 -0400
> Lamar Owen wrote:
> > Lots of DVD drives use the Z80 and the successor chips
> That must explain why it takes 'em 10 minutes to figure
> out what kind of disk you just put in the drive :-).
Heh. Yours must use a Pentium.... my Z80-based DVD drive recognizes any disk I put into it within 30 seconds....
But lots of Fedora-running computers out there have a Z80 somewhere under the hood... (much like the I/O processor of a Tandy 6000 68K Xenix box.....) It could be in the hard drive (lots of Seagate drives, mostly during their highly reliable days, have used Z80's as the system controller.....). It might be in the NIC. It might be anywhere the hardware needs a system controller; and the Z80 handles that task extremely well.
But, again, it would be cool to have a Linux kernel on the newest variant, the eZ80....if it'll fit on an MMUless 68K (ucLinux variant) it should fit in the 24-bit space available to the eZ80. Just no Fedora.....
But that's enough of this OT thread....
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