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MSP bit structure

February 2, 2006 | 1:30 pm

Where can I find a discussion of the floating point bit stucture. <1sign bit><8exponent bits><23mantissa bits>

happy tunes
don

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February 3, 2006 | 1:32 am

Read my thesis at http://homepages.nyu.edu/~jsa226/

Or take my word for it that it is SXXXXXXX XMMMMMMM MMMMMMMM MMMMMMMM
where S is the sign bit, X is the exponent, and M is the mantissa, as
you wrote.

What is it that you are interested in discussing?

-Jonathan


February 3, 2006 | 9:52 am

You left out the business of the implicit high-order bit of the
mantissa.

There are approximately 1,800,000 sites on the Web documenting this
information, although they may be a little tricky to find until you
have the magic incantation "IEEE"

< http://www.google.com/search?q=ieee+float> will give you plenty to
read. Today the fifth entry on the first page of hits is the Wikipedia
article, which is where I would start:
<
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_floating-point_standard> "IEEE
floating-point standard."

There are also quite a few threads on this in the list archives. Seek
and ye shall find. Ask and it shall be given, but seek first.

Good luck,
Peter

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February 3, 2006 | 6:07 pm

i got the IEEE reference from Jonathan’s paper
& downloaded the specs

thanks for the wiki reference

haven’t had a chance to wade in yet
thanx for the Luck wish
i am sure i will need it

happy tunes
don

it takes all of us


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