Digital Equipment Corporation Favor

Digital Equipment Corporation Favor

The Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) FAVOR integrated circuit (illustrated in the digital image presented above) occupied the same coprocessor board as the VERSE, but this chip was designed for floating point vector operation (FAVOR is an acronym for Floating point Arithmetic Vector OpeRation). The chip was modeled after a previous design, termed the KIWI, but ran much faster. That is why the FAVOR bulldozer is dragging the Kiwi along. KIWI was the main floating point unit for the VAX Rigel chip set, which was utilized in many computer systems in the early 1990s. The FAVOR chip design project team included Randy Pickholz, Harry Fair, and John Redford, while the KIWI project was headed by Moshe Gavrielov. DEC only sold a few hundred of these boards, but chip designer John Redford says the projects were fun, nevertheless.


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