Floating-Point Formats

  • David M. Russinoff


A floating-point format is a scheme for representing a number as a bit vector consisting of three fields corresponding to its sign, exponent, and significand. In this chapter, we present a classification of such formats, including those prescribed by IEEE Standard 754 [9], and examine the characteristics of the numbers that they represent.


  1. 9.
    Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers: IEEE standard for floating point arithmetic, Std. 754-2008 (2008)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. Russinoff
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  1. 1.Arm HoldingsAustinUSA

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