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Floating-Point Divider Design for FPGAs

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2 Author(s)
K. Scott Hemmert ; Sandia Nat. Labs., Albuquerque, NM ; Keith D. Underwood

Growth in floating-point applications for field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) has made it critical to optimize floating-point units for FPGA technology. The divider is of particular interest because the design space is large and divider usage in applications varies widely. Obtaining the right balance between clock speed, latency, throughput, and area in FPGAs can be challenging. The designs presented here cover a range of performance, throughput, and area constraints. On a Xilinx Virtex4-11 FPGA, the range includes 250-MHz IEEE compliant double precision divides that are fully pipelined to 187-MHz iterative cores. Similarly, area requirements range from 4100 slices down to a mere 334 slices

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IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 1 )