How to represent $0.148 * 2^{14}$ in normalized floating point arithmetic with the format

1 - Sign bit
7 - Exponent in Excess-64 form
8 - Mantissa

$(0.148)_{10} = (0.00100101\;111...)_2$

We shift it 3 bits to left to make it normalized $(1.00101\;111)_2 * 2^{11}$.

Exponent = $11+64 = (75)_{10} = (1001011)_2$ and Mantissa = $(01001\;111)_2$.

So floating point representation is $(0\;1001011\;00101111)_2 = (4B2F)_{16}$ Representation A

But if we store the denormalized mantissa into 8 bit register, then it won't have stored the last three $1$s and then the mantissa would have normalized from $(0.00100101)_2$ to $(1.00101\;000)_2$ by inserting 3 $0$s instead of $1$s.

The representation would have been $(0\;1001011\;00101000)_2 = (4B28)_{16}$ Representation B

So while normalizing, does the processor takes into account the denormalized mantissa bits beyond 8 bits too? Or just rounds it off? Which one is correct: A or B?

Does it store the mantissa in fixed point representation? How does it all work?


1 Answer 1


The correct binary representation of $0.145$ is $0.00100101000111...$

Normalized: $1.00101000111...$

The 8 bit mantissa is $00101000 = 0\mbox{x}28$

  • $\begingroup$ I made a mistake while calculating the binary representation. But how it would have worked if the binary number would be as I showed? $\endgroup$
    – Shashwat
    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Shashwat: 0x29 (remember that constants are usually converted to floating point representation at compile time or using routines like scanf() or parseFloat() so the processor is "unaware" of the representation of the number before the conversion ) $\endgroup$
    – Vor
    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:42
  • $\begingroup$ The answer to the new question is Representation A (compiler (or scanf) does the dirty work and converts your number to its closest floating point normalized representation rounding it if necessary) $\endgroup$
    – Vor
    Jan 9, 2013 at 11:52

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