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Intel MDS 80 - Microcomputer Development System

The Intel MDS 80 system was a computer system primarily used to design other computer systems with MDS standing for Microcomputer Development System.
 
It used 8" floppy disk drives to store data.
 

The Intel MDS 80 system was a computer system primarily used to design other computer systems with MDS standing for Microcomputer Development System.

This was arguably, the first personal computers running the ISIS Operating System

Many microcomputer makes and models could run some version or derivation of the CP/M disk operating system. Eight-bit computers running CP/M 80 were built around an Intel 8080/85, Zilog Z80, or compatible CPU (for CP/M-80). CP/M 86 ran on the Intel 8086 and 8088.

Whilst most modern microprocessor development is on the ubiquitous PC with a smattering of workstation and VAX hosts, in the early eighties when many of these systems were developed, the dedicated Microprocessor Development System (MDS) was the dominant development platform; on some very large projects, they would be used as an adjunct to VAX or PDP11 hosts. In simple terms, the MDS was an 8080-based computers whose purpose was to host the assemblers, compilers and emulators that were used to create new applications. The Intel Series II and III, a.k.a. the "blue box" were by far the most common, with the 8088-based Series IV being something of a latecomer.

Some claim that the Intel MDS-80 development systems were, the first personal computers. These used the ISIS Operating System.

Manufacturer: Intel
Date: 1983

Magazines RELATED to Intel MDS 80 - Microcomputer Development System in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
ULCC News April 1979 Newsletter 121 April 1979
ULCC News April 1985 Newsletter 187 April 1985

Other Systems Related To Intel MDS 80 - Microcomputer Development System:

Item Manufacturer Date
Intel desktop unit Intel Unknown
Intellec 8 Intel 1973
Intel Intellec MDS-800 Development System Intel January 1979

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH731. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

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