I'm no expert on CPUs. So maybe I'm missing something.
The 1MB Lisa cost U$ 10,000 and the Mac at 128k was u$2500. A large chunk of that cost was the CPU and RAM.
Nobody said that chip was 16 bit.
In my peer group, the 68k was "Moto style 16 bit" and that generally refers to how Motorola tended toward bigger registers running on top of a smaller core architecture.
That all said, a word in Moto land is 16 bits, not 32.
32 is a long word.
This is true for many 8 and 16 bit devices and I always thought the Jaguar advocates were way off base with that argument.
Anyone remember rec.games.video.advocacy?
Man, Jaguar vs 3DO was epic! As were many other long running discussions.
I like the machine and itbsoes have a 64bit path from DSP to RAM at least.
TBF we all lost by the M2 not reaching market.
RGVA was a goldmine of netkookery though, second only to CSAA
Edit: I reread that part of the article and now your comment makes more sense. But I'm just pointing out it's interesting that in 68k assembly, a "word" is 16 bits.