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Fast Signed-Digit Multi-operand Decimal Adders ()

Decimal arithmetic is desirable for high precision requirements of many financial, industrial and scientific applications. Furthermore, hardware support for decimal arithmetic has gained momentum with IEEE 754-2008, which standardized decimal floating-point. This paper presents a new architecture for two operand and multi-operand signed-digit decimal addition. Signed-digit architectures are advantageous because there are no carry-propagate chains. The proposed signed-digit adder reduces the critical path delay by parallelizing the correction stage inherent to decimal addition. For performance evaluation, we synthesize and compare multiple unsigned and signed-digit multi-operand decimal adder architectures on 0.18μm CMOS VLSI technology. Synthesis results for 2, 4, 8, and 16 operands with 8 decimal digits provide critical data in determining each adder's performance and scalability.

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J. Rebacz, E. Oruklu and J. Saniie, "Fast Signed-Digit Multi-operand Decimal Adders,"

*Circuits and Systems*, Vol. 2 No. 3, 2011, pp. 225-236. doi: 10.4236/cs.2011.23032.Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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