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The 80286 was the chip used in IBM's AT (advanced technology) system. The 286 was the first major step up in PC processors, providing significant performance increases over the 8088 and 8086--double or more performance at the same clock speed. The 286 also widened the address bus to allow access to 16 MB of memory, and introduced protected mode operation. It was originally available in 6 MHz and 8 MHz versions, but was later expanded to faster versions, all the way up to 20 MHz.
The 286 opened up the PC world to many users, but still was used mainly as the equivalent of a "turbo-charged 8088". At this time DOS was still the virtually exclusive operating system, and the protected mode the 286 offered was largely ignored.
The 80286 is of course considered obsolete today.
Look here for an explanation of the categories in the processor summary table below, including links to more detailed explanations.