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    I had only HEARD about this...and now I found one.

    FLimits I realy want to hear from you on this one, I can't possibly scrap one of these.

    Check this out.





    It's called a Intel Wildcard 88. It's was a response to the x86 structure coming to be on older instruction set cpus of the motorola era (Read 8088, 8086, 68000) The cpu is under the black hermetic seal. The other side is an expansion socket which probably was intended for a turbo boost feature that was axed as the 286/386 cpus were fielded.

    I also have the original "Leading Edge" DC-2011E motherboard. IMHO this cpu is about as rare as they come, I've found everything except P Pros (most of my customers keep them...) Anyone else ever come across one of these?

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    Nope nope nope, you can't scrap that, nope. I know a few collectors who have one or two of those squirreled away, but they are very unusual. Did that card definitely come from a Leading Edge mobo?

    The Wildcard is pretty amazing -- it's essentially a miniaturized PC XT motherboard. The processor is an 80C88. They managed to put the logic of a PC onto a 2" x 4" card which goes into a slot like a SIMM. Intel developed it so that DOS and the functionality of a PC could be embedded in other devices, like industrial or medical equipment that otherwise would have a big clunky PC hooked up to it so that people could monitor and control it. I don't know if it ever made it into any of those commercial implementations, though. I know it was used in some science applications to enable the researchers to monitor the data their instruments were collecting. It's basically a very early version of the System on a Chip (SOC) -- they just couldn't miniaturize the circuitry down to a single chip yet, so they made a System on a Little Board. Your board is revision E, I think. Here's a photo of a revision B board:



    I'll have to do some research to find out more about the system that used this thing. I seem to remember something about a card like this being in a Daewoo laptop. I'm also not quite sure what that 40-pin DIP socket is for. I thought it was to accommodate an 8087 coprocessor, which was a 40-pin DIP, but on the rev. B board, the empty socket has only 28 pins...

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    Yes and I have the board and power supply and hard drive, no connectors, the guy I got it from junked it before I got to it. Still I have EVERYTHING else.

    Came from an actual Leading Edge (Daewoo) Motherboard, Thatd be a 2011E I believe...don't quote me except for the E.

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    Wow. I didn't know this thing had ever even been used in a "normal" computer. What a shame that the guy tore it apart.

    Edit: More info! This is pretty fascinating -- and heartbreaking. What you have came from a Model D, which was the first model sold by Leading Edge (whose manufacturer was Daewoo). Now here's there interesting thing: I don't think it's generally known that there ever was a Model D that used the Wildcard 88. Even people who have the same card that you have don't seem to know where it actually came from. Here's Wikipedia talking about the model you have:

    The Model D initially featured an Intel 8088 microprocessor at 4.77 MHz, although later models had a switch in the back to run at 4.77 MHz (normal) or 7.16 MHz (high). Earlier models had no turbo switch and ran only at 4.77 MHz, while a few of the later ones (seemingly very rare) were 7.16 MHz only. Three models are known: DC-2011, DC-2010E, and DC-2011E. The "E" seems to correlate with the capability of running at 7.16 MHz.
    That 7.16 (actually 7.15) MHz is the native clock speed of the Wildcard 88, and it was software-switchable to 4.77 MHz, the XT standard clock speed!

    Can't wait to find out if anybody actually knew what was in these Leading Edge models.
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    The obvious question, what's the value?

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    Quote Originally Posted by armygreywolf View Post
    The obvious question, what's the value?
    Not sure there's an obvious answer... I haven't found any previous sales.

    When you have a minute, could you take some good photos of that mobo? I'd like to see the overall layout plus any identifiers (part no., model no., whatever).

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    Thanx for posting this, I would have thrown it in with high grade boards. Now I know to keep a look out for this board, I know it is rare but even a rare coin shows up every once in a while.

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    Hey Army, any more pix??

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    I only thought "Wildcard" was in sports! Thanks for information and pictures.

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    Not yet, I will take better pictures when I get home tomorrow.

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    Anyone still interested in this?



    I've got a whole model DC-2011E computer, connectors and all. Stopped in here trying to figure out if it was worth taking with me, and it looked like there was interest, or at least there was 5 years ago.

    No keyboard, monitor, or manual, but I'm hoping those are less important bits :P


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