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Definition: 8086

Introduced in 1978, the Intel CPU chip that defined the base architecture of the x86 family. Although the 8086 was used in some PCs, its 8088 brother was the one chosen for the IBM PC. See 8088 and x86.

Technical Specs
Type: 16-bit multitasking microprocessor; 16-bit bus
Transistors: 29,000
Package: 40-pin CERDIP
Registers: 14 16-bit
Addressing mode (later called Real Mode): Addresses 1MB memory.