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186 or 286 (Miscellaneous)

posted by marcov(R), 24.02.2009, 11:11

> > > > - 186/286 optimizations at most (useless for 99% of the
> world)
> > >
> > > What did you expect from a 16-bit compiler ? 8086 is enough :-)
> >
> > AFAICT, even 286 is not really supported, only 186.
>
> In fact, the 286 didn't add much to the Real Mode instruction set. Most
> extensions usually called 286 are in fact 186 extensions.

Support doesn't really have to be about adding instructions. It can also be instruction choice. (and with later CPUs: scheduling)

 

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