On Sun, 14 May 2006 04:16:28 +0100, Roy Schestowitz
> Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/128-bit
> Can't wait 'till the kilobit processor. Imagine the compexity of the
> chip and the compiler...
There are some DSP's that use what's called a "Very Long Instruction
Word" architecture, where multiple instructions are packed into a 64-bit
(or longer) word. The Crusoe processor from Transmeta also used this
architecture, for a fairly well-known example.
VLIW basiclly moves responsibility for the discovery of parallel
instructions from the hardware (as in a superscaler design) to the
compiler. This actually makes the VLIW simpler than it would otherwise
be but makes the compiler more complicated.
-| Bob Hauck
-| A proud member of the unhinged moonbat horde.