What are the really unusual or weird computers?
cclist at sydex.com
Fri Jun 22 11:51:55 CDT 2007
On 22 Jun 2007 at 16:00, Liam Proven wrote:
> What are the most bizarre, way-out or just plain *different* machines
> that folks have seen?
> The basic von Neumann computer is well-established, but most of them
> have a lot more common ground than that.
NEC marketed a dataflow MPU back in the 80's. I believe it was
targeted at the DSP market. To my knowledge, it's the only
commercial dataflow design.
A more conventional, but still strange micro design was the
SMS/Signetics 8X300/305 microcontroller. Bipolar, 16-bit and
remarkably brain-dead. Western Digital used it on its early hard
Many of the 1950's systems were what we'd consider to be strange.
Consider, for example, the Univac SS80.
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