The Nat Semi 16032 project:
Then, I did a little side consulting for a group at the
Med School, and advised them to buy a system based on the
NS 16032 that ran Genix. I didn't have the time to
do a big project for them, but suggested this would be
capable of doing what they wanted in a data acquisition/
data analysis project. The machine was made by
Logical Machine Co. of Chicago, which soon folded.
But, the machine worked, and came with schematics,
so I was able to clone it! So, after some effort,
I had a 32-bit Genix system running. But, it was SLOW!!!
In fact, it was so slow that even editing a file was a
maddening effort, but I did learn some stuff about
Unix-derived systems. Oh, I had a cast-off Versatec
1200 electrostatic printer from work, which could
print text at 1200 LPM, but when printing in
bit-map form it was achingly slow, about 10 minutes
per page. I had made some mistakes in the driver
like allocating and freeing the data buffer for every
data block. But, I was really working in the dark,
I knew NOTHING of Unix device driver writing.