Where does this processor still used and why? I mean what devices are based on it and what is the future of it?
Posted on 2002-01-27 00:25:02 by Maestro
As I understand, the Z80 is still quite alive and well.

It's use is mainly in embedded processing, those instruments that need just a bit of computing power, and may have need for several perihials (ie, modems, networking, ect).

As one of the first processors I ever used, I'll always keep it in mind when building a system (but I usually squeak by with a Microchip PIC).
Posted on 2002-01-27 01:00:42 by Ernie
The 8-bit Z80 is now superseded by other 8 bit variants, mainly in the micro controller area. I belive that the Gameboy used the Z80 or a variant.
Z-World which produces the chip has filed for Chapter 11 (bankruptcy).
The "Rabbit" microcontroller is a later variant, not direct code compatible, but has some additional features which optimises floating point calculations (for an 8-bit uC) and is pretty damm fast. Multible ports and plenty of I/O makes it handy little bugger.
Posted on 2002-01-27 01:55:28 by fiddler
Get a TI-86. It uses an Epson embedden PIC which is based upon the Z80.
Posted on 2002-01-27 02:15:48 by eet_1024
Ti-83 and 83+ are based on the z80 too, and they're cheaper :)
Posted on 2002-01-27 02:36:03 by Qweerdy
Are there any URL's to glance at, that describe the usage of z80 in current days? I need to insert them into my report ;).
Posted on 2002-01-27 02:55:17 by Maestro
calc.org and ticalc.com
Also I believe education.ti.com is the official website for Ti's calculators.
Posted on 2002-01-27 07:50:43 by Qweerdy
for a z80 webserver see:


for the Rabbit see:


Posted on 2002-01-27 13:10:58 by fiddler