ppc405 floating point emulation

Toni Van Remortel t.vanremortel at ha.be
Fri Nov 28 19:46:53 EST 2003

Op wo 26-11-2003, om 15:38 schreef Jon Masters:
> Hi there,
> Can someone tell me what they think the status of the mathemu on ppc405
> currently is? I am faced with a situation in which we will probably
> require some kind of library or kernel emulation support and all around
> people suggest not to even go there :-).

That's what they told me too, but I did go there. And the result is
still quite good.
I'm currently writing the last documentation on our laser-projector.
This projects figures which are calculated by sin and cos together with
a pow function. Off course, we used lookup-tables and approx-functions,
but it works pretty well. Yesterday was the big show of it, and most
people liked it.

Anyhow, I use it in combination with real-time, and you cannot rely on
float calculations then. So you need a good implementation to get full
result of it.

Calculation isn't very fast, but on half a second, my module calculates
360 X and Y coordinates with 2 sin, 2 cos and 3 pow functions each

So it is possible to use softfloat, but you MUST know that you cannot
rely on speed then. So far my small experience with it :)

PS: next week, I hope the docs will be ready and available on my website
under 'cases'/'our case'.

                           Toni Van Remortel
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