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8.11.8 Floating Point

All 80387 floating point types except packed BCD are supported. (BCD support may be added without much difficulty). These data types are 16-, 32-, and 64- bit integers, and single (32-bit), double (64-bit), and extended (80-bit) precision floating point. Each supported type has an instruction mnemonic suffix and a constructor associated with it. Instruction mnemonic suffixes specify the operand's data type. Constructors build these data types into memory.

Register to register operations should not use instruction mnemonic suffixes. `fstl %st, %st(1)' will give a warning, and be assembled as if you wrote `fst %st, %st(1)', since all register to register operations use 80-bit floating point operands. (Contrast this with `fstl %st, mem', which converts `%st' from 80-bit to 64-bit floating point format, then stores the result in the 4 byte location `mem')