The second-generation Soviet computer Minsk-32 (the series size is 2889 machines, 1968-75, civilian use, one of the rare early mainframes noted for use in Antarctica) used a 37-bit word and 7-bit representation of alphanumeric characters (5 in a word). Yes, the concept of "bytes" is difficult to apply to a similar old computer (which continued the ...


The well-known IBM 1401 technically had a 7-bit byte (plus parity). It was designed around the common format of IBM punched cards, which it was designed to process; these had ten "digit" rows and two "zone" rows, of which one digit and optionally one zone (for which the zero row also counted as a third zone) could be punched ...


More a side-note than an answer: There is the impressive Kung Fu Flash project which is doing exactly this and much more using a STM32F4 controller running at 168 MHz. It is all open source, so it should yield all the necessary information if someone is going to try something similar using a different controller.


Yes; there have been several (although, to my knowledge, none in the most simple sense where seven binary bits are treated strictly as as a base-7 system of Peano-like numbers). Instead, they are systems in which at least one (typically, two or three) carry are treated as separate state-modification bits. The most oldest/most simple example (although it may ...


The ADAU1701 is a 28-/56-bit DSP for audio processing. CHAR_BIT is probably 28 on that platform like most odd-sized DSPs but I'm not quite sure since I couldn't find its programming manual

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