floating-point processor



  • An arithmetic-logic unit designed to perform floating-point operations. A CPU may have such a processor incorporated, or a second chip may be utilized. Floating-point processors are especially useful when a computer performs sophisticated calculations, such as those frequently needed in CAD, spreadsheet, and scientific programs. Also called floating-point coprocessor, floatingpoint unit, math coprocessor, or numeric processor.
  • synonymfloating-point coprocessor