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FPU
Author: Gabriel Torres Last Updated: October 15, 2005
Category: CPU

Floating Point Unit

Unit inside the processor (CPU) in charge of scientific math (a.k.a. floating point).

Up to the 386 the processor didn’t have this unit embedded. At that time you needed to install an external math co-processor (also called arithmetic co-processor) if you needed to perform scientific math (floating point math).

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