Numeric Function Generators
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We show the architecture and design of a numeric function generator that realizes, at high speed, arithmetic functions, like log x, sin x, 1 x , etc.. This approach is general; different circuits are not needed for different functions. Further, composite functions, like log (sin ( 1 x )) can be realized as easily as individual functions. A tutorial description of the method is presented, followed by descriptions of the design considerations that must be made. For example, we discuss how circuit complexity increases as the desired approximation error decreases. Also, we discuss enhancements of the basic numeric function generator approach, including higher order polynomial approximations, floating point, and multi-variable implementations.
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