created: 05/29/2002; revised: 11/16/2002; 12/04/2003; 11/23/2014
MIPS chips use the IEEE 754 floating point standard, both the 32 bit and the 64 bit versions. However these notes cover only the 32 bit instructions. The 64 bit versions are similar.
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The 64 bit (double precision) floating point numbers are better than 32 bit (single precision). But how are they better?