This homework is intended to provide you with practice working with floating-point representations.
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Consider two representations for six-bit positive floating-point values.
One—we'll call it representation B (for binary)—is a radix-2
representation. It stores an exponent in two bits, represented in two's complement
(not biased). It stores the normalized significand in four bits, using the
hidden bit as in the IEEE floating-point representation, making 0 unrepresentable. Thus the value
2.5 (decimal) = 10.1 (binary) would be represented as
01 (1) 0100
and the value 7/8 (decimal) = 0.111 (binary) would be represented as
11 (1) 1100
The second representation—we'll call it representation Q (for
quaternary)—is a radix-4 representation. Like representation B, it
stores an exponent—but of 4, not 2—in two bits, represented in two's complement. It stores
the significand in four bits, which is the same as having two base-4 digits,
with the first base-4 digit being to the left of the quaternary point
and the second base-4 digit being to the right of the quaternary point. There is no hidden
The significand is not necessarily normalized. 2.5 (decimal) thus is
since 2.5 (decimal) = 2.2 (quaternary) = 40 × (2
× 40 + 2 × 4-1).
7/8 (decimal) = 3 × 4-1 + 2 × 4-2 = 4-1 ×
(3 × 40 + 2 × 4-1), so it's represented as
The decimal fraction 3/4, which in quaternary is 0.3, has two
representations, since it's expressible either as 40 × 3/4 or 4-1 × 3:
Find a value representable in representation B and not in representation Q.
Defend your answer.
Please put your answer in representation B in template.txt.
Fill out the following table.
Put all of your answers in decimal in template.txt.
Please note that because there is no sign bit in either representation B or representation
Q, we are using the mathematical convention that 0 is neither negative nor positive.
In IEEE 754 the sign bit means that we have no way of representing mathematical
0, and must settle for ±0.