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Robert P. Munafo, 2023 Jul 3.

This term refers to any number format that implements floating-point entirely in software. In deep zooming this is a way to overcome the exponent range limit of ordinary double precision and other hardward-implemented formats.

A "softfloat" format typically uses a 32-bit or larger integer for the sign and exponent, plus another integer for the mantissa.

See also floatexp.

From the Mandelbrot Set Glossary and Encyclopedia, by Robert Munafo, (c) 1987-2024.

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