Originally Posted by idrougge
Even the original 68000 used quite a lot of microcode, didn't it?
Yes, that is my understanding. That doesn't mean the first prototypes started out that way or that the later ones were mostly ROMs with microcode. Supposedly, the 68000 was larger (more logic) than most processors then and used advanced development techniques. I believe the microcode allowed for faster development but the result was not as fast as possible at the time. I would like to know more rather than guessing based on limited information. It certainly wasn't cheap to do heavy software simulation on computers back then. This topic is more interesting than the simulation vs emulation debate but is still OT. People read this thread hoping for P96 news and discussions so we should try to steer back on topic or stop posting.