The Intel 386 - True Multitasking


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About this Artwork

This artwork is a mixed media display celebrating the Intel 80386. The Intel 386 was a significant evolution in the Intel x86 architecture. The 386 was a hybrid 16-bit/32-bit architecture. While the 386 implemented the x86 32-bit architecture, it is largely thought of as a 16-bit processor because of the need to be backward compatible with existing applications. The protected mode of the 386 was improved from the 286 to make it more robust. The 386 also introduced a new virtual mode that allowed multiple real mode 8086 applications to run concurrently. Perhaps the most important feature of the 386 was that its memory system was a 32-bit flat implementation rather than the segmented approach of earlier x86 chips. This allowed for operating systems to more easily create virtual memory.

This artwork includes 3 major items. It has a large image of an Intel 80386 chip. On the back are the artist’s signature and a narrative describing the artwork and the 80386. Also, the artwork includes an Intel 80386 chip.


    The artwork is framed in an 11"x14" black shadow box frame, with glass. All framing materials are acid-free. A narrative about the artwork that includes the artist’s signature is placed on the back of the artwork.

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