ROM and recursion free high accuracy approximation of base-2 logarithm using MacLaurin series

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An accurate approximation of base-2 logarithm (log(2)) in hardware can be used to simplify many complex calculations such as power and division. There are several existing low error approximations of log(2), but those approaches are either slow or require a lot of memory. In this letter, the authors propose a new shift and add-based approximation of log(2) using Maclaurin series. Experimental results show that with the proposed method maximum error is as less as 0.0102 and average error is reduced to 0.0050. Being independent of a number of bits this approximation can be used for any range of numbers. Results of hardware implementation show that area, power, and frequency of the proposed method are comparable with the existing methods. An accurate approximation of base-2 logarithm (log(2)) in hardware can be used to simplify many complex calculations such as power and division. There are several existing low error approximations of log(2), but those approaches are either slow or require a lot of memory. In this letter, the authors propose a new shift and add-based approximation of log(2) using Maclaurin series. Experimental results show that with the proposed method maximum error is as less as 0.0102 and average error is reduced to 0.0050. Being independent of a number of bits this approximation can be used for any range of numbers. Results of hardware implementation show that area, power, and frequency of the proposed method are comparable with the existing methods.
Publisher
INST ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY-IET
Issue Date
2018-05
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Citation

ELECTRONICS LETTERS, v.54, no.10, pp.622 - 623

ISSN
0013-5194
DOI
10.1049/el.2018.0052
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/242416
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EE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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