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Ger2001 wrote:
The Russian Setun computer (1958) was a base 3 computer

Ah, so it could represent the thesis, the anti-thesis, and the synthesis in a single digit. Big Grin | :-D

My proposal was for a CPU that has a signed-magnitude representation, but with a sign indicator that has three possible states - positive, zero, and negative. The magnitude might be in binary or any other convenient base.

To my knowledge, this has never been tried, presumably because the hardware would be more complex than the currently popular twos-complement implementation. OTOH, my proposal would eliminate the anomalies of "signed zero" and of a negative range larger than the positive range. It would also be more consistent - unary minus would operate properly on all numbers in the range, which does not apply to the minimum value in a twos-complement implementation.
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