Fairchild Symbol Computer

Well, here’s something you don’t see every day.

The Fairchild Symbol Computer.

Fairchild’s Symbol computer had both the compiler and operating system built with hardware, not software.

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Wow, that’s quite the machine! Some 10000 chips, by the sound of it, and in the late 60s. And the memory controller does everything from demand paging to garbage collection.

A very interesting approach. Doing it all in hardware, and in a much better way than the (referenced) later IAPX32 of Intel.