Intel 8088 microprocessor family

Intel 8088 microprocessor was released in 1979, or one year after the Intel 8086 CPU. Both processors have the same architecture, and the only difference of the 8088 CPU from the 8086 is the external data bus width - it was reduced from 16 bits to 8 bits. The 8088 CPU uses two consecutive bus cycles to read or write 16 bit data instead of one bus cycle for the 8086, which makes the 8088 processor to run slower. On the plus side hardware changes to the 8088 CPU made it compatible with 8080/8085 support chips. This was an important factor in choosing the 8088 processor for IBM PC line of computers because at that time 8-bit support chips were cheaper than 16-bit support chips, and there was better selection of 8-bit chips.

The 8088 microprocessor has 16-bit registers, 16-bit internal data bus and 20-bit address bus, which allows the processor address up to 1 MB of memory. The 8088 uses the same segmented memory addressing as the 8086: the processor can address 64 KB of memory directly, and to address more than 64 KB of memory the CPU has to break the update into a few parts - update up to 64 KB of memory, change segment register, update another block of memory, update segment register again, and so on.

Like to 8086, the 8088 microprocessor supports Intel 8087 numeric co-processor. The CPU recognizes all Floating-Point (FP) instructions, and, when necessary, it calculates memory address for FP instruction operand and does a dummy memory read. The FPU captures the calculated address and, possibly, the data, and proceeds to execute FP instruction. The CPU at the same time starts executing the next instruction. Thus, both integer and floating-point instructions can be executed concurrently.

Original Intel 8088 microprocessor was manufactured using HMOS technology. There were also CHMOS versions of the chip - 80C88 and 80C88A. These microprocessors had much lower power consumption and featured standby mode.

IBM PC series, Amstrad PPC-640, etc.

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List of 8088 manufacturers

AMD QM8088D1

40-pin ceramic DIP

Picture of: AMD QM8088D1

Intel MD8088-2/B

8 MHz
40-pin ceramic DIP

Picture of: Intel MD8088-2/B

Fujitsu MBL8088-C / MBL8088 (ceramic)

40-pin ceramic DIP
5 MHz
White ceramic/silver top/gold pins

Picture of: Fujitsu MBL8088-C / MBL8088 (ceramic)

Harris MD80C88-2/B

8 MHz
40-pin ceramic DIP
Military version?

Picture of: Harris MD80C88-2/B

MHS P8088

5 MHz
40-pin plastic DIP

Picture of: MHS P8088

NEC D8088D-E

5(?) MHz
40-pin ceramic DIP

Picture of: NEC D8088D-E

OKI M80C88A-10 (QFP)

10 MHz

Picture of: OKI M80C88A-10 (QFP)

Siemens SAB8088-12-P

40-pin plastic DIP

Picture of: Siemens SAB8088-12-P

USSR KM1810VM88 (Kvazar)

40-pin side-brazed ceramic DIP

Rare Soviet clone of Intel 8088 microprocessor in white-ceramic package with side-brazed pins. This CPU is manufactured by "Kvazar" plant.

Picture of: USSR KM1810VM88 (Kvazar)

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