Octets calculation?

Grant Edwards grante at visi.com
Fri Jun 13 21:18:15 CEST 2003

In article <bcbb0q$hf4ub$1 at ID-169208.news.dfncis.de>, Greg Ewing (using news.cis.dfn.de) wrote:
>> It's not rare in the DSP world.  TI's line of FP DSPs all had
>> 32-bit bytes.  Where "byte" is used in the sense of the "C"
>> standard as the smallest unite of addressable memory.
> I thought the C standard used the word "char" for that, not
> "byte".

Both.  In the C standard "char" and byte "byte" are equivalent.
Using "byte" is more confusing, and if I had written it I would
have stuck with "char".  But they didn't ask me...  ;)

> If DSP people really use the word "byte" that way, they're
> utterly barking, IMO. It's just too confusing for words. (Or
> should I say octet-groups?-)

They generally only use it that way when they're dealing with
the C standard, and I, for one, do prefer "char".

Grant Edwards                   grante             Yow!  How's it going in
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