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# Does Mathematical Calculations need Analysis

This is the motor critical application. Generally my tendency if i see any mathematical calculation example to do RPM calculation is declare variables in terms float and simply multiply, divide etc. Is it a bad tendency? Should i always plan how to do these calculations using either fixed point etc or take help of existing libraries or write myself some assembly level instructions etc. Please advise.

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Re: Does Mathematical Calculations need Analysis 2019/06/22 10:55:12 (permalink)
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It's not the best idea to use float math on microcontrollers without an FPU: float math consumes way more computing power than integer/fixed point math.
Assembly programming is usually not necessary - the C compiler is quite efficient.

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Re: Does Mathematical Calculations need Analysis 2019/06/23 19:32:44 (permalink)
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As du00..1 says, you need to understand your problem and then determine the domain/range of the various values. Once you know that, you can typically perform the calculations using fixed-point integer maths.
As you mention this in the dsPICxxx forum, if you really need fast maths then use the DSP core - there are built-in functions that help with the assembler side of that. If you use Q1.15 format (or some other Q format variant of your choosing) then there are functions that help you there as well.
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