The Intel 186 - The Lost Generation, The Lost Microprocessor


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About this Artwork

This artwork is a mixed media display celebrating the Intel 80186. The Intel 186 is the only generation of the x86 line that did not have a significant use in the PC market. Even those with experience with the early days of the IBM PC will not even recall there was a 186. However, the 186 had a couple of notable features. It was faster, more functional, and had new instructions. The new packaging was more interesting: the Pin Grid Array (PGA) and the much lighter Leadless Chip Carrier (LCC). Both were significant departures from the old bug-style Dual Inline Packages (DIPs). The 186 was primarily used as a controller in communications and control equipment. 

This artwork includes 3 major items. It has a large image of an Intel 80186 chip. On the back are the artist’s signature and a narrative describing the artwork and the 80186. Also, the artwork includes an Intel 80186 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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