Central Air Data Computer - Moore's Law In Pictures

Moore’s Law In Pictures: An Illustrated History of the Microprocessor
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Central Air Data Computer - Moore's Law In Pictures

When the US Navy asks you to design a system for the main flight control computer of the F-14 Tomcat fighter, you say “yes, sir.” Ray Holt and Steve Geller of Garrett AiResearch answered the call in 1970 with a 20-bit metal-oxide semiconductor (MOS) called the MP944--it wasn’t a single chip microprocessor. Since it wasn’t designed for consumer products, and because the military didn’t release the CADC specs until 1998, it’s hard to say how this microprocessor compared to others that were introduced around the same time, but it was certainly one of the first microprocessors--and definitely one of the most exciting early applications for one.

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