Variable Word length CPU

woodelf bfranchuk at jetnet.ab.ca
Sat Nov 5 16:59:31 CST 2005


Gil Carrick wrote:

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>>You might as well make it decimal, too, Dwight.  That way you 
>>can use the
>>8-4 and 8-2 combinations to mark the end of a word... :) 
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>>(I guess it's been done!)
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>Kinda. The IBM 1401, 1440, 1410, but they used an extra bit in each (6 bit)
>called a word mark rather than blow off a digit. It was designed to hold
>alphabetic info as well as doing decimal math.
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>Gil
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Umm what about the sign bit? 
Bytw this 2000 not 1950 so we can use ascii encoding. :)




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