What ever happened to Tandem and NonStop OS 2053
You're being outrageously disingenuous -- DEC was a computer company, they made and sold computers and stuff to go with their compuerts.
They made computers across several decades of technology, some of which were the smallest practical implementation in their day. They made a *MINT* selling architecturally small minicomputers (PDP 8s and smaller 11s) that went into OTHER things.
What ever happened to Tandem and NonStop OS 2054
What I was saying is that all the microprocessors DEC made between the LSI-11...
Your dogma that a component must come in a 40-pin DIP to be considered a component is not reflected in reality. If you are building a steel mill, then a PDP-8 is as much a separate component as a valve or a brick.
DEC also made a chunk of money selling medium-to-large minicomputers for general-purpose computing (15s, the larger 11s) The VAX series defies categorization 1, but I think at least in THIS group most would agree its most common implementation was a minicomputer - albeit a very large one.
What ever happened to Tandem and NonStop OS 2056
Eric Chomko BSD wasn't free until the x86 days... 386BSD was the first really free version you could boot. It was somewhere around...
Furthermore DEC made a good living selling architecturally large and rich computers - certainly the closest that ever came to eating IBM's lunch in the PDP-10 machines.
DEC had a small sideline selling chip-level components, but that wasn't their core business.
Once in a blue moon, DEC would manufacture a computer system built around someone else's hardware -- two cases I can think of are the WS78 that used a signle-chip PDP-8 core manufactured by (Intersil?). A decade later, the DECstation series of engineering workstations built around MIPS chips.
Because neither Intel nor Motorola are computer companies. They are semiconductor companies. While both of them have made computers, they have always been a side-line to their main business of selling semiconductors. For Motorola, microprocessors are one *division* in a company that sells everything from 1N914 diodes to high-end DSPs.
If DEC had given up making computers and gone into producing loveography, they may have very well been alive today. If DEC had stopped making computers and started bottling whiskey, they may have very well been alive today. If DEC had stopped making computers and started speculating in Real Estate, they may very well have been alive today. Very few companies change their primary focus so fundamentally. The microprocessor industry is not the computer industry.
Footnote 1: Is the single-board VAX running VAX-ELN in my DPS-20 a microcomputer or a minicomputer or a super-mini or what? Do you even know what ELN was(is?)
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Computer software consists of only two components: ones and zeros, in roughly equal proportions. All that is required is to sort them into the correct order.