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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.

B. Smith and H. Lawson, "Functional Characteristics of a Multilingual Processor," in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 20, no. , pp. 732-742, 1971.
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