Issue No.07 - July (1971 vol.20)
This paper describes the functional characteristics of the Standard Computer MLP-900 processor. This microprogrammable processor is designed for general-purpose emulation of a wide variety of known processors as well as being adaptable to new general-purpose and special-purpose applications. Two approaches to the design of microprogrammed processors, namely minimally encoded and highly encoded, are considered. The significant architectural properties that provide the multilingual capability are discussed. A target language-execution strategy for the MLP-900 is presented followed by a problem-oriented target instruction set which provides for packed field operations. Finally, some projected uses of the processor are considered.
Computer architecture, instruction sets, microprogramming.
H.W. Lawson, "Functional Characteristics of a Multilingual Processor", IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol.20, no. 7, pp. 732-742, July 1971, doi:10.1109/T-C.1971.223342