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8-bit is also a term given to a generation of microcomputers in which 8-bit microprocessors were the norm. the first widely adopted 8-bit microprocessor was the intel 8080, being used in many hobbyist computers of the late 1970s and early 1980s, often running the cp/m operating system; it had 8-bit data words and 16-bit addresses. the zilog z80 (compatible with the 8080) and the motorola 6800 were also used in similar computers.