Language-specific CPUs was Re: uIEC/SD == AWESOME!

Fred Cisin cisin at
Thu Jan 1 17:00:32 CST 2009

On Thu, 1 Jan 2009, Allison wrote:
> C was written for or about the PDP-11.  Just about all the C addressing
> modes and basic OPs are native for pdp11 addressing and many instructions.
> Then we have the WD Pascal Microengine that basically was the implementation
> of P-code in microcode.
> There are machines that are coded for forth primitives directly.
> I believe somewhere there was or is a a Java engine.
> Memory says there was a Wang machine that directly executed Basic.
> Generally it was not uncommon but most were lost to time.

I get a little uncomfortable contemplating the possibility of a machine
designed to execute ASP.NET.

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