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Definition - What does CHIP-8 mean?

CHIP-8 is a programming language for 8-bit computers developed in the 1970s. It is an interpreted language that was intended for game development. It originally ran on the COSMAC VIP and Telmac 1800 computers, but interpreters derived from the language were used in some graphing calculators. CHIP-8 runs in a virtual machine.

Techopedia explains CHIP-8

CHIP-8 is an interpreted programming language for kit-based 8-bit microcomputers that were just starting to come onto the market in the 1970s. The language, created by Joseph Weisbacker, was developed to make programming video games easy on these computers. These games included home versions of "Pong,” “Space Invaders,” “Pac-Man” and other games popular in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s for the COSMAC VIP and Telmac 1800 computers. The language runs in a virtual machine. CHIP-8 is still available for most computer platforms today, though the user community is small. Implementations also exist for graphing calculators.

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