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March 1, 1987

COMPARISON OF INTEL 80386 AND MOTOROLA 68000

By CBR Staff Writer

How does the Intel 80386 stack up against the Motorola 68000 family in terms not of raw power but of utility? John Warnock, founder of Adobe Systems in Palo Alto, California, was asked the question at Esther Dyson’s Personal Computer Forum last week, and responded With the 68000, the large linear address space is already there and the transition to the 68020 is very simple; there is also lots of developer support from Apple; with the 80386 and Microsoft Windows, there is a cost extracted by Windows in terms of memory – our application [the Postscript page description language] is large – the 80386 with Windows is attractive, but the time frame is the problem.

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