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Intel 8080
Closed and open Intel 8080 processor
General information
LaunchedApril 1974; 50 years ago (1974-04)
Discontinued1990; 34 years ago (1990)[1]
Marketed byIntel
Designed byIntel
Common manufacturer
  • Intel
Max. CPU clock rate2 MHz to 3.125 MHz
Data width8 bits
Address width16 bits
Architecture and classification
Technology node6 μm
Instruction set8080
Physical specifications
  • 4,500 or 6,000[2]
  • 1
PredecessorIntel 8008
SuccessorIntel 8085
Support status

The Intel 8080 ("eighty-eighty") is the second 8-bit microprocessor designed and manufactured by Intel. It first appeared in April 1974 and is an extended and enhanced variant of the earlier 8008 design, although without binary compatibility.[3] The initial specified clock rate or frequency limit was 2 MHz, with common instructions using 4, 5, 7, 10, or 11 clock cycles. As a result, the processor is able to execute several hundred thousand instructions per second. Two faster variants, the 8080A-1 and 8080A-2, became available later with clock frequency limits of 3.125 MHz and 2.63 MHz respectively.[4] The 8080 needs two support chips to function in most applications: the i8224 clock generator/driver and the i8228 bus controller. The 8080 is implemented in N-type metal–oxide–semiconductor logic (NMOS) using non-saturated enhancement mode transistors as loads[5][6] thus demanding a +12 V and a −5 V voltage in addition to the main transistor–transistor logic (TTL) compatible +5 V.

Although earlier microprocessors were commonly used in mass-produced devices such as calculators, cash registers, computer terminals, industrial robots,[7] and other applications, the 8080 saw greater success in a wider set of applications, and is largely credited with starting the microcomputer industry.[8] Several factors contributed to its popularity: its 40-pin package made it easier to interface than the 18-pin 8008, and also made its data bus more efficient; its NMOS implementation gave it faster transistors than those of the P-type metal–oxide–semiconductor logic (PMOS) 8008, while also simplifying interfacing by making it TTL-compatible; a wider variety of support chips were available; its instruction set was enhanced over the 8008;[9] and its full 16-bit address bus (versus the 14-bit one of the 8008) enabled it to access 64 KB of memory, four times more than the 8008's range of 16 KB. It was used in the Altair 8800 and subsequent S-100 bus personal computers until it was replaced by the Z80 in this role, and was the original target CPU for CP/M operating systems developed by Gary Kildall.

The 8080 directly influenced the later x86 architecture. Intel designed the 8086 to have its assembly language be similar enough to the 8080, with most instructions mapping directly onto each other, that transpiled 8080 assembly code could be executed on the 8086.[10]


Microprocessor customers were reluctant to adopt the 8008 because of limitations such as the single addressing mode, low clock speed, low pin count, and small on-chip stack, which restricted the scale and complexity of software. There were several proposed designs for the 8080, ranging from simply adding stack instructions to the 8008 to a complete departure from all previous Intel architectures.[11] The final design was a compromise between the proposals.

Federico Faggin, the originator of the 8080 architecture in early 1972, proposed the chip to Intel's management and pushed for its implementation. He finally got the permission to develop it six months later. Faggin hired Masatoshi Shima, who helped design the 4004 with him, from Japan in November 1972. Shima did the detailed design under Faggin's direction,[12] using the design methodology for random logic with silicon gate that Faggin had created for the 4000 family.

The 8080 was explicitly designed to be a general-purpose microprocessor for a larger number of customers. Much of the development effort was spent trying to integrate the functionalities of the 8008's supplemental chips into one package. It was decided early in development that the 8080 was not to be binary-compatible with the 8008, instead opting for source compatibility once run through a transpiler, to allow new software to not be subject to the same restrictions as the 8008. For the same reason, as well as to expand the capabilities of stack-based routines and interrupts, the stack was moved to external memory.

Noting the specialized use of general-purpose registers by programmers in mainframe systems, Stanley Mazor, the chip architect, decided the 8080's registers would be specialized, with register pairs having a different set of uses.[13] This also allowed the engineers to more effectively use transistors for other purposes.

Shima finished the layout in August 1973. After the regulation of NMOS fabrication, a prototype of the 8080 was completed in January 1974. It had a flaw, in that driving with standard TTL devices increased the ground voltage because high current flowed into the narrow line. Intel had already produced 40,000 units of the 8080 at the direction of the sales section before Shima characterized the prototype. It was released as requiring Low-power Schottky TTL (LS TTL) devices. The 8080A fixed this flaw.[14]

Intel offered an instruction set simulator for the 8080 named INTERP/80 to run compiled PL/M programs. It was written in FORTRAN IV by Gary Kildall while he worked as a consultant for Intel.[15][16]


Programming model[edit]

i8080 microarchitecture
Intel 8080 registers
15 14 13 12 11 10 09 08 07 06 05 04 03 02 01 00 (bit position)
Main registers
A Flags Program Status Word
H L H (indirect address)
Index registers
SP Stack Pointer
Program counter
PC Program Counter
Status register
  S Z 0 AC 0 P 1 C Flags [17]

The Intel 8080 is the successor to the 8008. It uses the same basic instruction set and register model as the 8008, although it is neither source code compatible nor binary code compatible with its predecessor. Every instruction in the 8008 has an equivalent instruction in the 8080. The 8080 also adds 16-bit operations in its instruction set. Whereas the 8008 required the use of the HL register pair to indirectly access its 14-bit memory space, the 8080 added addressing modes to allow direct access to its full 16-bit memory space. The internal 7-level push-down call stack of the 8008 was replaced by a dedicated 16-bit stack-pointer (SP) register. The 8080's 40-pin DIP packaging permits it to provide a 16-bit address bus and an 8-bit data bus, enabling access to 64 KiB (216 bytes) of memory.


The processor has seven 8-bit registers (A, B, C, D, E, H, and L), where A is the primary 8-bit accumulator. The other six registers can be used as either individual 8-bit registers or in three 16-bit register pairs (BC, DE, and HL, referred to as B, D and H in Intel documents) depending on the particular instruction. Some instructions also enable the HL register pair to be used as a (limited) 16-bit accumulator. A pseudo-register M, which refers to the dereferenced memory location pointed to by HL, can be used almost anywhere other registers can be used. The 8080 has a 16-bit stack pointer to memory, replacing the 8008's internal stack, and a 16-bit program counter.


The processor maintains internal flag bits (a status register), which indicate the results of arithmetic and logical instructions. Only certain instructions affect the flags. The flags are:

  • Sign (S), set if the result is negative.
  • Zero (Z), set if the result is zero.
  • Parity (P), set if the number of 1 bits in the result is even.
  • Carry (C), set if the last addition operation resulted in a carry or if the last subtraction operation required a borrow.
  • Auxiliary carry (AC or H), used for binary-coded decimal arithmetic (BCD).

The carry bit can be set or complemented by specific instructions. Conditional-branch instructions test the various flag status bits. The accumulator and the flags together are called the PSW, or program status word. PSW can be pushed to or popped from the stack.

Commands, instructions[edit]

As with many other 8-bit processors, all instructions are encoded in one byte (including register numbers, but excluding immediate data), for simplicity. Some can be followed by one or two bytes of data, which can be an immediate operand, a memory address, or a port number. Like more advanced processors, it has automatic CALL and RET instructions for multi-level procedure calls and returns (which can even be conditionally executed, like jumps) and instructions to save and restore any 16-bit register pair on the machine stack. Eight one-byte call instructions (RST) for subroutines exist at the fixed addresses 00h, 08h, 10h, ..., 38h. These are intended to be supplied by external hardware in order to invoke a corresponding interrupt service routine, but are also often employed as fast system calls. The instruction that executes slowest is XTHL, which is used for exchanging the register pair HL with the value stored at the address indicated by the stack pointer.

8-bit instructions[edit]

All 8-bit operations with two operands can only be performed on the 8-bit accumulator (the A register). The other operand can be either an immediate value, another 8-bit register, or a memory byte addressed by the 16-bit register pair HL. Increments and decrements can be performed on any 8 bit register or an HL-addressed memory byte. Direct copying is supported between any two 8-bit registers and between any 8-bit register and an HL-addressed memory byte. Due to the regular encoding of the MOV instruction (using a quarter of available opcode space), there are redundant codes to copy a register into itself (MOV B,B, for instance), which are of little use, except for delays. However, the systematic opcode for MOV M,M is instead used to encode the halt (HLT) instruction, halting execution until an external reset or interrupt occurs.

16-bit operations[edit]

Although the 8080 is generally an 8-bit processor, it has limited abilities to perform 16-bit operations. Any of the three 16-bit register pairs (BC, DE, or HL, referred to as B, D, H in Intel documents) or SP can be loaded with an immediate 16-bit value (using LXI), incremented or decremented (using INX and DCX), or added to HL (using DAD). By adding HL to itself, it is possible to achieve the same result as a 16-bit arithmetical left shift with one instruction. The only 16-bit instructions that affect any flag is DAD, which sets the CY (carry) flag in order to allow for programmed 24-bit or 32-bit arithmetic (or larger), needed to implement floating-point arithmetic. BC, DE, HL, or PSW can be copied to and from the stack using PUSH and POP. A stack frame can be allocated using DAD SP and SPHL. A branch to a computed pointer can be executed with PCHL. LHLD loads HL from directly addressed memory and SHLD stores HL likewise. The XCHG[18] instruction exchanges the values of the HL and DE register pairs. XTHLexchanges last item pushed on stack with HL.

Instruction set[edit]
Opcode Operands Mnemonic Clocks Description
7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 b2 b3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NOP 4 No operation
0 0 RP 0 0 0 1 datlo dathi LXI rp,data 10 RP ← data
0 0 RP 0 0 1 0 STAX rp 7 (RP) ← A [BC or DE only]
0 0 RP 0 0 1 1 INX rp 5 RP ← RP + 1
0 0 DDD 1 0 0 INR ddd 5/10 DDD ← DDD + 1
0 0 DDD 1 0 1 DCR ddd 5/10 DDD ← DDD - 1
0 0 DDD 1 1 0 data MVI ddd,data 7/10 DDD ← data
0 0 RP 1 0 0 1 DAD rp 10 HL ← HL + RP
0 0 RP 1 0 1 0 LDAX rp 7 A ← (RP) [BC or DE only]
0 0 RP 1 0 1 1 DCX rp 5 RP ← RP - 1
0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 RLC 4 A1-7 ← A0-6; A0 ← Cy ← A7
0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 RRC 4 A0-6 ← A1-7; A7 ← Cy ← A0
0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 RAL 4 A1-7 ← A0-6; Cy ← A7; A0 ← Cy
0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 RAR 4 A0-6 ← A1-7; Cy ← A0; A7 ← Cy
0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 addlo addhi SHLD add 16 (add) ← HL
0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 DAA 4 If A0-3 > 9 OR AC = 1 then A ← A + 6;

then if A4-7 > 9 OR Cy = 1 then A ← A + 0x60

0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 addlo addhi LHLD add 16 HL ← (add)
0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 CMA 4 A ← ¬A
0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 addlo addhi STA add 13 (add) ← A
0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 STC 4 Cy ← 1
0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 addlo addhi LDA add 13 A ← (add)
0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 CMC 4 Cy ← ¬Cy
0 1 DDD SSS MOV ddd,sss 5/7 DDD ← SSS
0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 HLT 7 Halt
1 0 ALU SSS ADD ADC SUB SBB ANA XRA ORA CMP sss 4/7 A ← A [ALU operation] SSS
1 1 CC 0 0 0 Rcc 5/11 If cc true, PC ← (SP), SP ← SP + 2
1 1 RP 0 0 0 1 POP rp 10 RP ← (SP), SP ← SP + 2
1 1 CC 0 1 0 addlo addhi Jcc add 10 If cc true, PC ← add
1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 addlo addhi JMP add 10 PC ← add
1 1 CC 1 0 0 addlo addhi Ccc add 11/17 If cc true, SP ← SP - 2, (SP) ← PC, PC ← add
1 1 RP 0 1 0 1 PUSH rp 11 SP ← SP - 2, (SP) ← RP
1 1 ALU 1 1 0 data ADI ACI SUI SBI ANI XRI ORI CPI data 7 A ← A [ALU operation] data
1 1 N 1 1 1 RST n 11 SP ← SP - 2, (SP) ← PC, PC ← N x 8
1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 RET 10 PC ← (SP), SP ← SP + 2
1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 addlo addhi CALL add 17 SP ← SP - 2, (SP) ← PC, PC ← add
1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 port OUT port 10 Port ← A
1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 port IN port 10 A ← Port
1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 XTHL 18 HL ↔ (SP)
1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 PCHL 5 PC ← HL
1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 XCHG 4 HL ↔ DE
1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 DI 4 Disable interrupts
1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 SPHL 5 SP ← HL
1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 EI 4 Enable interrupts
7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 b2 b3 Mnemonic Clocks Description
B 0 0 0 NZ ADD ADI (A ← A + arg) BC
C 0 0 1 Z ADC ACI (A ← A + arg + Cy) DE
D 0 1 0 NC SUB SUI (A ← A - arg) HL
E 0 1 1 C SBB SBI (A ← A - arg - Cy) SP or PSW
H 1 0 0 PO ANA ANI (A ← A ∧ arg)
L 1 0 1 PE XRA XRI (A ← A ⊻ arg)
M 1 1 0 P ORA ORI (A ← A ∨ arg)
A 1 1 1 N CMP CPI (A - arg)

Input/output scheme[edit]

Input output port space[edit]

The 8080 supports up to 256 input/output (I/O) ports,[19] accessed via dedicated I/O instructions taking port addresses as operands.[20] This I/O mapping scheme is regarded as an advantage, as it frees up the processor's limited address space. Many CPU architectures instead use so-called memory-mapped I/O (MMIO), in which a common address space is used for both RAM and peripheral chips. This removes the need for dedicated I/O instructions, although a drawback in such designs may be that special hardware must be used to insert wait states, as peripherals are often slower than memory. However, in some simple 8080 computers, I/O is indeed addressed as if they were memory cells, "memory-mapped", leaving the I/O commands unused. I/O addressing can also sometimes employ the fact that the processor outputs the same 8-bit port address to both the lower and the higher address byte (i.e., IN 05h would put the address 0505h on the 16-bit address bus). Similar I/O-port schemes are used in the backward-compatible Zilog Z80 and Intel 8085, and the closely related x86 microprocessor families.

Separate stack space[edit]

One of the bits in the processor state word (see below) indicates that the processor is accessing data from the stack. Using this signal, it is possible to implement a separate stack memory space. This feature is seldom used.

Status word[edit]

For more advanced systems, during the beginning of each machine cycle, the processor places an eight bit status word on the data bus. This byte contains flags that determine whether the memory or I/O port is accessed and whether it is necessary to handle an interrupt.

The interrupt system state (enabled or disabled) is also output on a separate pin. For simple systems, where the interrupts are not used, it is possible to find cases where this pin is used as an additional single-bit output port (the popular Radio-86RK computer made in the Soviet Union, for instance).

Example code[edit]

The following 8080/8085 assembler source code is for a subroutine named memcpy that copies a block of data bytes of a given size from one location to another. The data block is copied one byte at a time, and the data movement and looping logic utilizes 16-bit operations.

1000  78
1001  B1
1002  C8
1003  1A
1004  77
1005  13
1006  23
1007  0B
1008  78
1009  B1
100A  C2 03 10
100D  C9
; memcpy --
; Copy a block of memory from one location to another.
; Entry registers
;       BC - Number of bytes to copy
;       DE - Address of source data block
;       HL - Address of target data block
; Return registers
;       BC - Zero

            org     1000h       ;Origin at 1000h
memcpy      public
            mov     a,b         ;Copy register B to register A
            ora     c           ;Bitwise OR of A and C into register A
            rz                  ;Return if the zero-flag is set high.
loop:       ldax    d           ;Load A from the address pointed by DE
            mov     m,a         ;Store A into the address pointed by HL
            inx     d           ;Increment DE
            inx     h           ;Increment HL
            dcx     b           ;Decrement BC   (does not affect Flags)
            mov     a,b         ;Copy B to A    (so as to compare BC with zero)
            ora     c           ;A = A | C      (are both B and C zero?)
            jnz     loop        ;Jump to 'loop:' if the zero-flag is not set.   
            ret                 ;Return

Pin use[edit]

8080 Pinout

The address bus has its own 16 pins, and the data bus has 8 pins that are usable without any multiplexing. Using the two additional pins (read and write signals), it is possible to assemble simple microprocessor devices very easily. Only the separate IO space, interrupts, and DMA need added chips to decode the processor pin signals. However, the pin load capacity is limited; even simple computers often require bus amplifiers.

The processor needs three power sources (−5, +5, and +12 V) and two non-overlapping high-amplitude synchronizing signals. However, at least the late Soviet version КР580ВМ80А was able to work with a single +5 V power source, the +12 V pin being connected to +5 V and the −5 V pin to ground.

The pin-out table, from the chip's accompanying documentation, describes the pins as follows:

Pin number Signal Type Comment
1 A10 Output Address bus 10
2 GND Ground
3 D4 Bidirectional Bidirectional data bus. The processor also transiently sets here the "processor state", providing information about what the processor is currently doing:
  • D0 reading interrupt command. In response to the interrupt signal, the processor is reading and executing a single arbitrary command with this flag raised. Normally the supporting chips provide the subroutine call command (CALL or RST), transferring control to the interrupt handling code.
  • D1 reading (low level means writing)
  • D2 accessing stack (probably a separate stack memory space was initially planned)
  • D3 doing nothing, has been halted by the HLT instruction
  • D4 writing data to an output port
  • D5 reading the first byte of an executable instruction
  • D6 reading data from an input port
  • D7 reading data from memory
4 D5
5 D6
6 D7
7 D3
8 D2
9 D1
10 D0
11 −5 V The −5 V power supply. This must be the first power source connected and the last disconnected, otherwise the processor will be damaged.
12 RESET Input Reset. This active low signal forces execution of commands located at address 0000. The content of other processor registers is not modified.
13 HOLD Input Direct memory access request. The processor is requested to switch the data and address bus to the high impedance ("disconnected") state.
14 INT Input Interrupt request
15 φ2 Input The second phase of the clock generator signal
16 INTE Output The processor has two commands for setting 0 or 1 level on this pin. The pin normally is supposed to be used for interrupt control. However, in simple computers it was sometimes used as a single bit output port for various purposes.
17 DBIN Output Read (the processor reads from memory or input port)
18 WR Output Write (the processor writes to memory or output port). This is an active low output.
19 SYNC Output Active level indicates that the processor has put the "state word" on the data bus. The various bits of this state word provide added information to support the separate address and memory spaces, interrupts, and direct memory access. This signal is required to pass through additional logic before it can be used to write the processor state word from the data bus into some external register, e.g., 8238 Archived September 18, 2023, at the Wayback Machine-System Controller and Bus Driver.
20 +5 V The + 5 V power supply
21 HLDA Output Direct memory access confirmation. The processor switches data and address pins into the high impedance state, allowing another device to manipulate the bus
22 φ1 Input The first phase of the clock generator signal
23 READY Input Wait. With this signal it is possible to suspend the processor's work. It is also used to support the hardware-based step-by step debugging mode.
24 WAIT Output Wait (indicates that the processor is in the waiting state)
25 A0 Output Address bus
26 A1
27 A2
28 12 V The +12 V power supply. This must be the last connected and first disconnected power source.
29 A3 Output The address bus; can switch into high impedance state on demand
30 A4
31 A5
32 A6
33 A7
34 A8
35 A9
36 A15
37 A12
38 A13
39 A14
40 A11

Support chips[edit]

A key factor in the success of the 8080 was the broad range of support chips available, providing serial communications, counter/timing, input/output, direct memory access, and programmable interrupt control amongst other functions:

Physical implementation[edit]

The 8080 integrated circuit uses non-saturated enhancement-load nMOS gates, demanding extra voltages (for the load-gate bias). It was manufactured in a silicon gate process using a minimal feature size of 6 μm. A single layer of metal is used to interconnect the approximately 4,500 transistors[23] in the design, but the higher resistance polysilicon layer, which required higher voltage for some interconnects, is implemented with transistor gates. The die size is approximately 20 mm2.

Industrial impact[edit]

Applications and successors[edit]

The 8080 is used in many early microcomputers, such as the MITS Altair 8800 Computer, Processor Technology SOL-20 Terminal Computer and IMSAI 8080 Microcomputer, forming the basis for machines running the CP/M operating system (the later, almost fully compatible and more able, Zilog Z80 processor would capitalize on this, with Z80 and CP/M becoming the dominant CPU and OS combination of the period c. 1976 to 1983 much as did the x86 and DOS for the PC a decade later).

In 1979, even after the introduction of the Z80 and 8085 processors, five manufacturers of the 8080 were selling an estimated 500,000 units per month at a price around $3 to $4 each.[24]

The first single-board microcomputers, such as MYCRO-1 and the dyna-micro / MMD-1 (see: Single-board computer) were based on the Intel 8080. One of the early uses of the 8080 was made in the late 1970s by Cubic-Western Data of San Diego, California, in its Automated Fare Collection Systems custom designed for mass transit systems around the world. An early industrial use of the 8080 is as the "brain" of the DatagraphiX Auto-COM (Computer Output Microfiche) line of products which takes large amounts of user data from reel-to-reel tape and images it onto microfiche. The Auto-COM instruments also include an entire automated film cutting, processing, washing, and drying sub-system.

Several early video arcade games were built around the 8080 microprocessor. The first commercially-available arcade video game to incorporate a microprocessor was Gun Fight, Midway Games' 8080-based reimplementation of Taito's discrete-logic Western Gun, which was released in November 1975.[25][26][27][28] (A pinball machine which incorporated a Motorola 6800 processor, The Spirit of '76, had already been released the previous month.[29][30]) The 8080 was then used in later Midway arcade video games[31] and in Taito's 1978 Space Invaders, one of the most successful and well-known of all arcade video games.[32][33]

Zilog introduced the Z80, which has a compatible machine language instruction set and initially used the same assembly language as the 8080, but for legal reasons, Zilog developed a syntactically-different (but code compatible) alternative assembly language for the Z80. At Intel, the 8080 was followed by the compatible and electrically more elegant 8085.

Later, Intel issued the assembly-language compatible (but not binary-compatible) 16-bit 8086 and then the 8/16-bit 8088, which was selected by IBM for its new PC to be launched in 1981. Later NEC made the NEC V20 (an 8088 clone with Intel 80186 instruction set compatibility) which also supports an 8080 emulation mode. This is also supported by NEC's V30 (a similarly enhanced 8086 clone). Thus, the 8080, via its instruction set architecture (ISA), made a lasting impact on computer history.

A number of processors compatible with the Intel 8080A were manufactured in the Eastern Bloc: the KR580VM80A (initially marked as КР580ИК80) in the Soviet Union, the MCY7880[34] made by Unitra CEMI in Poland, the MHB8080A[35] made by TESLA in Czechoslovakia, the 8080APC[35] made by Tungsram / MEV in Hungary, and the MMN8080[35] made by Microelectronica Bucharest in Romania.

As of 2017, the 8080 is still in production at Lansdale Semiconductors.[36]

Industry change[edit]

The 8080 also changed how computers were created. When the 8080 was introduced, computer systems were usually created by computer manufacturers such as Digital Equipment Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, or IBM. A manufacturer would produce the whole computer, including processor, terminals, and system software such as compilers and operating system. The 8080 was designed for almost any application except a complete computer system. Hewlett-Packard developed the HP 2640 series of smart terminals around the 8080. The HP 2647 is a terminal which runs the programming language BASIC on the 8080. Microsoft's founding product, Microsoft BASIC, was originally programmed for the 8080.

The 8080 and 8085 gave rise to the 8086, which was designed as a source code compatible, albeit not binary compatible, extension of the 8080.[37] This design, in turn, later spawned the x86 family of chips, which continue to be Intel's primary line of processors. Many of the 8080's core machine instructions and concepts survive in the widespread x86 platform. Examples include the registers named A, B, C, and D and many of the flags used to control conditional jumps. 8080 assembly code can still be directly translated into x86 instructions,[vague] since all of its core elements are still present.

Cultural impact[edit]

  • Asteroid 8080 Intel is named as a pun[citation needed] and praise on the name of Intel 8080.[38]
  • Microsoft's published phone number, 425-882-8080, was chosen because much early work was on this chip.
  • Many of Intel's main phone numbers also take a similar form: xxx-xxx-8080

See also[edit]


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