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Arithmetic Pipeline Stages

3 stages for addition
  1. Exponent comparison and mantissa adjustment (shift)
    [mx*2ex-ey]
  2. Mantissa addition (add)
    [[ ]+my]
  3. Mantissa normalization and exponent readjustment
    [[ ]*2ey]
Problem: How to continuously feed floating point unit (FPU) with stream of operations?
Author: Wolfgang Schreiner
Last modification: November 15, 1996