Variable Word length CPU
bfranchuk at jetnet.ab.ca
Sat Nov 5 16:59:31 CST 2005
Gil Carrick wrote:
>>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... :)
>>(I guess it's been done!)
>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.
Umm what about the sign bit?
Bytw this 2000 not 1950 so we can use ascii encoding. :)
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