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On Oct 31, 2019, at 6:58 PM, Fernando Jefferson <> wrote:

At PUC-Rio we did reverse-engineering of CP/M 80, obtained a source file, first in assembler and then in "C". And even we´ve developed a CP/M 86, with the providential help of Roberto Ierusalimschy (my colleague in the master's degree), who developed a genial interpreter for the 8085 CPU, running on the Intel 8086. Mapping registradors from one CPU to another!

Ah good memories. I did a similar thing for a commercial computer system way back, which allowed us to move to x86 systems but still run all the 8-bit 8080 software(quite a lot at the time) on the newer machines. It really wasn’t that difficult as the x86 used a similar model for flags, so it was really a matter of decoding the 8080 instruction and then mapping it to the equivalent 8086 instruction(s). As I recall, the emulator run at about the same speed as the real hardware. The OS mapping was equally simple, as CP/M and CP/M 86 mapped 1:1 for OS calls.

Happy days .. when 256K was a LOT of RAM :)