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On 3 Oct 2010, at 05:44, Leo Razoumov <> wrote:
> Thanks for the pointer but UNISYS machines were disconnected about a
> decade ago and UNIVACs died even earlier.

They are still available under the ClearPath Dorado name.

> As of now I am not aware of
> any architecture one can actually buy that uses wordsizes not a
> multiple of a byte (8 bits).
> I personally prefer data type sizes of 6, 12, 24, 48, 96 bits but
> 8,16,32,64,128 won the battle.

Hmm, well the ClearPath Libra (Burroughs Large System) at 48 bits (+ 3 or 4 bit tag) and the eZ80 (24 bits) are weird but still a multiple of 8 bits.

PICs are weird because their program memory is addressed in 12- or 14-bit words in some models, though the data memory is byte-addressed.

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