Digital Number Representation

Fixed-point and floating-point number representation

In digital hardware, binary numbers are represented as either fixed-point or floating-point data types. Understanding how different data types are defined and represented in hardware can help you to choose data types that are appropriate for your application.



Physical Quantities and Measurement Scales

Overview of measurement scales and representing numbers.

Benefits of Fixed-Point Hardware

Fixed-point hardware can provide benefits in size and power consumption, memory usage, speed, and cost.

Data Types and Scaling in Digital Hardware

Provides an overview of data types and scaling in digital hardware.

Supported Data Types

Data types supported for simulation and code generation.


Fixed-Point Data Types

Fixed-point data types representation.


A weighted sum of bits represents the quantization of a real-world value.

Fixed-Point Numbers in Simulink

Fixed-point data type and scaling notation used in Simulink®.

numerictype of Fixed-Point Objects

Fields and settings for the numerictype object.

Fixed-Point Versus Built-in Integer Types

Differences between fixed-point data types and built-in integer data types in MATLAB®.

Fraction Lengths and Fixed-Point Numbers

Definitions for negative fraction length and fraction length greater than word length.


Floating-Point Numbers

Representation and manipulation of floating-point numbers.

Scaled Doubles

Hybrids between floating-point and fixed-point numbers, which are stored by Fixed-Point Designer™ as doubles.

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