June 1, 1979: the 8088 Microprocessor

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Intel 8088

Intel 8088

1979 – Intel released the successor to the 8086 processor in the Intel 8088 chip. With a clock rate of either 4.77 MHz or 8 MHz, this 16-bit chip had an external bus of 8 bits and 29,000 transistors. It was used in IBM PC and PC-XT computers during the 80’s.

Descendants to the 8088 are the 80188, 80186, and what would become the 386, 486 and Pentium chips.

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