[WEBINAR] The New Normal: Dealing with the Reality of an Unsecure World

Control Program For Microcomputers (CP/M)

Definition - What does Control Program For Microcomputers (CP/M) mean?

Control Program for Microcomputers (CP/M) was an operating system designed for Intel 8080 and 8085 family of processors. It was developed by Gary Kildall and was published under his organization, Digital Research Inc., in the mid-1970s.

Control Program for Microcomputers may also be known as Control Program/Monitor.

Techopedia explains Control Program For Microcomputers (CP/M)

Control Program for Microcomputers was initially designed to work on eight-bit processors and provided only 64 KB of memory. It was the first operating system that introduced the Basic Input Output System (BIOS), which made it compatible with different hardware platforms.

Besides BIOS, CP/M included Basic Disk Operating System (BDOS) and Control Command Processor (CCP). The CCP enabled CP/M to provide results of the input on the monitor taken from the keyboard, whereas BDOS was used for tasks such as file opening/closing, printing, etc. Also, CP/M supported most applications at that time including WordStar and dBase.

Although it was considered a pioneer in operating systems for general computers, CP/M gained much hype when its parent organization declined IBM’s proposal to license the OS for IBM PCs.

Techopedia Deals

Connect with us

Techopedia on Linkedin
Techopedia on Linkedin
"Techopedia" on Twitter

Sign up for Techopedia's Free Newsletter!

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter

Free Whitepaper: The Path to Hybrid Cloud
Free Whitepaper: The Path to Hybrid Cloud:
The Path to Hybrid Cloud: Intelligent Bursting To Amazon Web Services & Microsoft Azure
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
This white paper is for leaders of Operations, Engineering, or Infrastructure teams who are creating or executing an IT roadmap.
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments.
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic:
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance.