The Intel 8080 - General Purpose Microcomputing



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About this Artwork

This artwork is a mixed media display celebrating the Intel 8080. “The 8080 really created the microprocessor market. The 4004 and 8008 suggested it, but the 8080 made it real.”- Federico Faggin. The Intel 8080 was designed by Faggin, who also designed the Intel 4004. While the 4004 and 8008 might have lacked some of the key features for building a general-purpose microcomputer, the 8080 did not. In fact, the 8080 was selected for use in the Altair 8800, the first widely successful microcomputer. The 8080’s instruction set, memory, I/O, and interrupt capabilities set the standard for the microprocessor industry.

This artwork includes 3 major items. It has a large image of an Intel 8080 chip. On the back are the artist’s signature and a narrative describing the artwork and the 8080. Also, the artwork includes an Intel 8080 chip (P8080A).


    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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