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The Tektronix 8001/8002/8002A are microprocessor development systems from the late 70s/early 80s.

The 8000 MDL Series Microprocessor Labs were intended for complete hardware microcode debugging for products incorporating popular microprocessors of the era. Three emulation modes were available for various steps of product development.


The 8001 provides in-circuit emulation for introducing computer-developed software into a prototype and includes a powerful set of debugging features to help test it along the way. Combining the 8001 with a software development computer forms a system that supports the design effort, from source coding to prototype to completion. After the host computer cross-assembler has converted source code into object code, the resulting file can be downloaded to the 8001 to begin the integration process.

The 8001 is designed for host computers and so does not include no extra development software or peripherals such as floppy discs or printers. A single CRT terminal like the CT8100 is used to control both a host computer and the 8001. Multiple 8001 can be linked to a central host in a multi-station configuration. The 8001 is designed to interface with any host mainframe or minicomputer via a RS-232-C connection.

The 8001 is only configurable for one microprocessor at a time by removal/installation of cards/interfaces.


The 8002/8002A models were capable of supporting more than one microprocessor without the need for re-configuration.

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Documents Referencing 8001

Document Class Title Authors Year Links
Tekscope 1978 V10 N1.pdf Article New Products 1978
Tekscope 1979 V11 N2.pdf Article New Products 1979

Documents Referencing 8001A

Documents Referencing 8002

Document Class Title Authors Year Links
Tekscope 1977 V9 N2.pdf Article The 8002 – A New Design Tool for Microprocessor Users Dave Lowry Bruce Stofer 1977

Documents Referencing 8002A

Document Class Title Authors Year Links
Tekscope 1979 V11 N2.pdf Article New Products 1979
Tekscope 1980 V12 N1.pdf Article New Products 1980


Model 1978 catalog price In 2023 Dollars
8001 $7,650 $36,100
8002 $9,950 $47,000