The IntelTM DX Math CoProcessor (MCP) is an extension of the IntelTM code compatible from the and math coprocessors Object code for . I recall my parents old computer having an empty socket for an Intel Math Coprocessor. I knew what it was for, but I always wondered if it. Coprocessor Basics. The 80×87 is able to multiply, divide, add, subtract, find the sqrt and calculate transcendental functions and logarithms. Data types include.

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Intel 80387SX

One of the best tech companies to appear and disappear – extended memory management when Intel processors only allowed K to be addressed; windowed multi-tasking when even Microsoft Windows could not do that – a real pioneer! Cyrix at a later time did make another upgrade chip called the CxDrx2, which was clock-doubled and also had supporting circuitry on-package to fix the cache coherency issues that the earlier chips like mine suffered from.

By default the Microsoft C compiler for MS-DOS and early Windows versions generated code which could be patched on the fly to take advantage of an x87 coprocessor if it was present. Data can be retrieved from memory, or another stack position. These coprocessors were not great if you compare here: Discontinued BCD oriented 4-bit The or i is the first Intel coprocessor to be fully compliant with the IEEE standard.

It actually contained a full-blown iDX implementation. The directives dwdd and dq are used for declaring signed integer storage while dddq and dt are used for floating-point.


If I recall, the DX models had x87 built-in. Invert sign of ST. Store log to ST. The i is the math coprocessor for the Intel series of microprocessors. This page was last edited on 18 Octoberat Intel microprocessors X86 architecture Stack machines Floating point Coprocessors.

x87 – Wikipedia

However, the Intel floating-point processor was an earlier design. Converting from decimal to floating-point is accomplished: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The i took measures to detect the presence of an iSX and would not function without the original CPU in place.

Compare ST with integer memory operand and optionally pop the stack. The and XL work with the microprocessor and were initially the only coprocessors available for the until the introduction of the in The resultant remainder is found at ST. When a math coprocessor is paired with thethe coprocessor performs the floating-point arithmetic in hardware, returning results much faster than an emulating software library call.

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Most x86 processors since the Intel have had these x87 instructions implemented in the main CPU, but the term is sometimes still used to refer to that part of the instruction set. Change sign of ST to positive. I’ll post the results here. The original Compaq Deskpro is an example of such design. Should be used before the microprocessor accesses memory data that are affected by the coprocessor.

Write the number as a normalized binary number. You could optionally tell the compiler to assume that an x87 would always be present, in which case it would just generate the x87 instructions from the get-go; in that case the runtime emulator and on-the-fly patching was not needed, and the code would shrink slightly but would crash if run on a system without an x Finds the square root of operand at ST.


Convert the biased exponent into a true exponent by subtracting the bias. The later cost-reduced iSX, which has a narrower bit data buscan not interface with the i’s bit bus.

80387DX Math Coprocessor

I’m just most familiar with the Microsoft one, since that’s the one I mostly used. Store log2e to ST. The way they did this was clever, and took advantage of the fact that code memory was not write-protected in MS-DOS or early versions of Windows.

A NAN not-a-number is an invalid floating-point result that has all 1s in the exponent with a significand that is NOT all zeros. However, for both of these chips the is strongly preferred for its higher performance and the greater capability of its instruction set.

These properties make the x87 stack usable as seven freely addressable registers plus a dedicated accumulator or as seven independent accumulators. So the overhead of calling the emulator library was only incurred the first time a given piece of code was run after being loaded from disk; after that, it ran at native x87 speed.

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