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A single-chip 80-bit floating point VLSI processor capable of performing 5.6 million floating point operations per second has been realized using 1.2-/spl mu/m n-well CMOS technology. The processor handles 80-bit double-extended floating point data conforming to IEEE standard 754. The chip has 128 microinstructions which are stored in an on-chip ROM. By programming microinstruction sequences in an external control storage, not only basic arithmetic operation but also special arithmetic functions can be performed. A composite design method supported by a hierarchical design automation system was used to quickly lay out 50K gates including a 64-/spl times/64-bit multiplier and 15 kb of memory on a chip with a die size of 10/spl times/10 mm/SUP 2/. Only 11 man-months were required for the effort.