Intel 8088

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Intel 8088
Production: 1979 to 1990s
Processor clock: 5 MHz to 10 MHz
Manufacturing : 3 µm, NMOS or enhanced NMOS
Instruction set : x86 (16 bit)
Base: 40-pin DIP
Intel 80C88
Processor core (die) of an AMD 8088 (D8088)

The Intel 8088 is a 1979 imagined 16-bit - microprocessor from Intel . It differs from its "big brother", the Intel 8086 , which was introduced in 1978 , only in its 8-bit external data bus and a command queue that has been reduced from six to four bytes ( English prefetch queue ).

The 8088 was the first slimmed-down variant of a CPU from Intel. It established a tradition of low-cost CPUs that runs through x86 history from the 80188 , 80386SX and 80486SX to the later Celeron and Pentium dual-core processors . Motorola then also offered an 8-bit version of its successful 68000 CPU, the 68008 .


The introduction of the only 8-bit wide data bus made it possible to use cheaper 8-bit components for the rest of the computer's electronics, but at the expense of speed. Because of this, the 8088 was barely faster than conventional 8-bit processors. Nevertheless - or possibly because of it - it was selected by IBM as the CPU for the IBM PC . IBM wanted on the one hand to advertise with 16-bit technology, on the other hand not to compete with its own minicomputers . In addition, parts of the electronics were developed from a computer called the IBM System / 23 Datamaster , which was developed at the end of the 1970s but was unsuccessful on the market , and whose 8085 CPU had an 8-bit data bus. IBM's decision in favor of the 8088 was the reason for the success of the x86 family, although many experts considered the CPU to be rather weak and the architecture as a whole as not very forward-looking. In addition to the NMOS version, a CMOS version as 80C88 was also offered.

Operating modes

The 8088 can operate in a minimum and a maximum mode . The selection is made via the MN / MX pin 33. If it is switched to 0 V (low), the 8088 works in maximum mode, at +5 V (high) in minimum mode. Compact, simple circuits can be realized in the minimized mode; the processor itself provides the necessary control lines. The maximum mode is primarily intended for multiprocessor operation or for working with the 8087 math coprocessor . The required control lines are not provided here, but are generated by the 8288 bus controller .

The 8088 has no internal oscillator. The required clock is generated externally by the 8284 oscillator chip . Furthermore, a latch is required to separate the addresses from the multiplexed address / data bus , e.g. B. the 8282 .

Peripheral modules


  • Horst Pelka: Practice with microprocessors , 2nd edition, Franzis-Verlag, Munich 1980, ISBN 3-7723-6582-5 , pp. 78-83.
  • Herbert Bernstein: PC circuit technology. Franzis, Poing 1998, ISBN 3-7723-7574-X .
  • NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH, 1982 Catalog, pp. 447-456.

Individual evidence

  1. data sheet (PDF; 379 kB) (English)
  2. Chemnitz University of Technology: The structure of the original IBM PC motherboard ( Memento of the original from December 8, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. data sheet of the 80C88 (PDF file; 417 kB)

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