On Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 12:38 PM, Natalia Portillo <address@hidden>
The Z80 CPU and its variants and clones are not only used in dozens of computers (ranging from a full range of CP/M compatible ones, and minicomputers mostly seen as general public as gaming devices -Amstrad, Speccy-), but also in hunders of embedded systems and even on Adaptec SCSI cards.
I vote for inclusion on mainstream 100%, and maybe from that code an i8080 emulation can be easily extracted to cover the rest of 80s desktop/minis/micros ?
This is a really interesting discussion which goes to the heart of QEMU's identity. A contemporary emulation and virtualisation platform (modern embedded, KVM etc)? An emulation platform for retro-computing nostalgia? How about as a unifying platform for MAME?
No reason of course it can't be both, unless those roles start pulling in competing directions.
Commercially my company is an active user and supporter of MicroBlaze and PPC440 platforms, while personally the Sinclair Spectrum was my first ever home computing experience and will always have a special place in my geek heart. So, I vote 'both'!