GNU 8085 Simulator

Posted 6 Jan 2004 at 20:47 UTC by steve Share This

A new release of the GNU 8085 simulator is out. This is a full-featured simulator, assembler, and debugger for the Intel 8085 processor with a GNOME-based GUI. The latest version includes lots of bug fixes and new features. Linux binaries are available and source is provided for other POSIX compliant operating systems. The GNU 8085 simulator is Free Software licensed under the GNU GPL.

The 8085 Lives On!, posted 7 Jan 2004 at 04:19 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

Wow, do people still develop for the 8085? It was before my time, it will live after my time. It like lives the life span of a turtle.

A long long time ago in a place far far away, posted 7 Jan 2004 at 17:55 UTC by earlwb » (Master)

Heck I remember building one of my first robots using a 8085 CPU. This was because some guy had just came out with a book on using the 8085 to build a intelligent learning robot. Like usual, I got sucked into another book that had stuff that didn't work.
It was tough way back then in the "Stoneage".
You had to write your program, compile it, and assemble it. Then take the binary file and load it into a Eprom burner unit. Next you'd burn your Eprom and then plug the Eprom into the PCB on the robot.
Naturally, this is a real drag when you do a lot of iterations or "what if I did this scenarios", and such. I had a big pile of Eproms that I used. Some under the UV eraser, some in the blank ready to use pile, and some waiting to be erased. At the time this was OK, nowadays it really sucks.
As a matter of fact, I still have the old 8085 based robot, but it had to be rebuilt a few years ago as the motors had died (appeared to have rusted bearings that locked up), and may have caused the CPU board to die, who knows. It now is setup using a modern Basic Stamp for my son to play with. I don't even have a Eprom burner anymore to program those kinds of old style Eproms anyway.

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