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Old 26 February 2017, 03:02   #36
idrougge
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Originally Posted by matthey View Post
Intel had knowledge to design and fab chips including CISC processors. C= owned MOS Technologies had knowledge to design and fab chips including CISC processors which was more advanced than that of Intel (MOS 6502 was superior to Intel 8080 and Motorola 6800).
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MOS had 70% fab success rates compared to 70% failure rates which allowed them to bring the cost of the 6502 down to $25
It's not surprising that success rates were high when they were making a chip with so few transistors. Even if we say that the 6502 is "superior", it is not more advanced than the competition. It gained its advantage by being simple instead of advanced.

You also seem to forget Intel's super-CISCy processor, the iAPX 432.
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