Hi Steve, Thanks for the thorough description about going from 5byte to FP. > To convert to a 5-byte fp number, basically you just reverse the steps > (but how you do it will depend on how your numbers are represented). > One possibility is to convert the numbers to binary and process them in > binary; perhaps someone here will offer up a decent algorithm. [COPLIN, Nicholas.] So working backwards using you proposal of converting to binary it seems that shifting is useful to get the exponent, but I'm not sure about whether I'm getting the binary mantissa correct for the digits right of the decimal place... Take the number 10 10 is positive, therefore sign bit is 0 10 as a binary number is 1010 how many shifts needed for 1.xxxx gives exponent, ie 3 right shifts, +3 mantissa = 1.010 = 00100000 00000000 00000000 00000000 (drop 1, add sign) exponent = 3+129 = 132 = 10000100 Take the number -0.5 (your example) is negative, therefore sign bit is 1 as binary 0.101? shift LEFT by 1, exponent = -1 +128 = $80 mantissa = ? Any suggestions /corrections? PLEASE TAKE NOTE: The contents of this email (including any attachments) may be privileged and confidential. Any unauthorised use if the contents is expressely prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please advise us immediately (you can contact us by telephone on +61 8 9441 2311 by reverse charge) and then permanetly delete this email together with any attchaments. We appreciate your co-operation. Whilst Orbital endeavours to take reasonable care to ensure that this email and any attachments are free from viruses or other defects, Orbital does not represent or warrant that such are free from computer viruses or other defects. (C) 2000: Orbital Engine Company (Australia) PTY LTD and its affiliates - This message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list. To unsubscribe: echo unsubscribe | mail email@example.com.
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