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Thread: The Five Generations of PC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xacalite View Post
    Broadband Internet access became common around 2000, right?
    And in 2001, there was Windows XP, with online activation.
    But I'm not sure if it was already present in the 2001 version, or some time later, with some Service Pack?

    Broadband had 4% market penetration in 2000. I would think online registration is easy enough to do with dialup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2icebitn View Post
    And not 1 mention of the 80188/80186 ...
    ... as systems based on 80186 are very incompatible to 8088/86 and 80286.

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    Here we go again

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1ST1 View Post
    For 2nd generation, EISA [...] is missing.
    2nd, 3rd 4th generation also SCSI is missing for high end machines.
    3rd generation misses high end dual processor machines. Dual Pentium Pro, Pentium II and III, first generation of dedicated server/workstation processors of XEON series (with P III).
    I deliberately skipped all those "high end" technologies.
    My goal was to describe the most common stuff of each era, things that were present in majority of average PCs.

    However, it made me think about all those dual processor PCs - when was the beginning?
    Yes, Pentium Pro had some multi-CPU logic integrated, so it got much easier to make multi-CPU boards, though such boards did already exist for 486, probably for 386, maybe even earlier?

    As for VLB... yes, it was cheap and common, but also short-lived.
    When VLB got popular, PCI was already being introduced.
    Anyway, let me repeat: VLB definitely belongs in the "classical" architecture, it lacks all the features found in modern buses: auto-configuration, support for various CPU architectures, and so on. And a VLB slot even looks like extension of ISA.

    3rd generation until today misses the "AMD way" with incompatible socket comapred to Intel.
    I would say that's not true, mostly.
    During the Pentium 1/2/3 era, AMD used Socket 7, invented by Intel.
    The first AMD-invented thing was "Slot A", for Athlon, in 1999, shortly before Pentium 4.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2icebitn View Post
    And not 1 mention of the 80188/80186 ...
    Again, never mind the reason, those chips were never common as PC CPU, so they have no place in this topic.


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