**Signum.** ``'' bit = 0 (positive) or 1 (negative).

**Exponent.** Biased representation,
with an exponent bias of .

**Mantissa.** Hidden bit technique.

Numerical Value | |

= | |

(ZERO or subnormal) | |

= | |

= | |

= | |

= | |

= | if |

NaN otherwise |

Note that , which implies that does not overflow.

Adrian Sandu 2001-08-26