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    The first ARM processor powered up 35 years ago

    Now Arm silicon partners ship over 6 billion Arm-based chips every quarter.
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    Re: The first ARM processor powered up 35 years ago

    Yep, my second "home computer" after the BBC Micro was an Acorn Archimedes 310 with 8MHz ARM CPU. It was a very early model with a stop-gap version of the OS on EPROMs, which you had to send back to Acorn once you received your RISC OS upgrade ROMs.

    It was a total revelation, so fast for the time. It was more powerful than the £20,000 ICL Perq workstation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PERQ) that I had been using at work just a couple of years before.

    Eventually I upgraded to an Acorn RiscPC but it was only a few years before the writing was on the wall for anything with a niche OS and so I reluctantly bought my first PC (the only pre-built PC that I ever bought - I've built them all myself since then)

    But the legacy lives on - there are a lot more ARM CPUs dotted around my house today!
    Last edited by Rad77; 28-04-2020 at 11:29 AM. Reason: Make the only link actually work

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    Re: The first ARM processor powered up 35 years ago

    Given the current lockdown, after reading this is it wrong that I now want to go play Virus? (Yeah I know it was called Zarch on ARM, but I think I only ever had a copy on the Atari ST where they renamed it).

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    Re: The first ARM processor powered up 35 years ago

    That game was so bloody hard! I don't know about the ST version but all I remember is that you could only see a few tiles around and the controls were really twitchy.

    Here's a random bit of gameplay footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNXypBxNGMo
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    Re: The first ARM processor powered up 35 years ago

    Quote Originally Posted by Rad77 View Post
    That game was so bloody hard! I don't know about the ST version but all I remember is that you could only see a few tiles around and the controls were really twitchy.
    Yep, I remember lots of crashing.

    There should be a VR reboot.

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    Re: The first ARM processor powered up 35 years ago

    All hail to Steve Furber for still being in the game after all these years. Maybe the trick is to make every new project bigger than the last. Or is Spinaker a cluster of 2 million Arm chips?

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    Re: The first ARM processor powered up 35 years ago

    Quote Originally Posted by persimmon View Post
    Or is Spinaker a cluster of 2 million Arm chips?
    Nope, though at the rate of change in the AI world an architecture from 20 years ago seems way off the leading edge.

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    Re: The first ARM processor powered up 35 years ago

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Given the current lockdown, after reading this is it wrong that I now want to go play Virus? (Yeah I know it was called Zarch on ARM, but I think I only ever had a copy on the Atari ST where they renamed it).
    I found my first ever pirated game a couple of days ago. In the bottom of a filing cabinet with a copy of "PC Survival Guide (c)1988". It's a 5.25" floppy with a bit of paper taped to it with "Frogger and PC Golf" written on it. I miss text based golf.

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    Re: The first ARM processor powered up 35 years ago

    Quote Originally Posted by philehidiot View Post
    I found my first ever pirated game a couple of days ago. In the bottom of a filing cabinet with a copy of "PC Survival Guide (c)1988". It's a 5.25" floppy with a bit of paper taped to it with "Frogger and PC Golf" written on it. I miss text based golf.
    Lol, is text based golf like a text adventure game?


    > Hit ball with club
    With a satisfying thwack noise you see the ball sail off into the distance
    > N
    You are North of the Tee.
    > Look
    You can see nothing.
    > N
    You are in an area of grass blades, all alike.
    > Cheat
    With a subtle flick from your pocket, "Oh look, there's the ball!"
    You see a ball lying nearby.

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