Free Pascal uses the math coprocessor (or emulation) for all its floating-point calculations. The Real native type is processor dependent, but it is either Single or Double. Only the IEEE floating point types are supported, and these depend on the target processor and emulation options. The true Turbo Pascal compatible types are listed in table (3.5).
|Real||platform dependant||???||4 or 8|
|Single||1.5E-45 .. 3.4E38||7–8||4|
|Double||5.0E-324 .. 1.7E308||15–16||8|
|Extended||1.9E-4932 .. 1.1E4932||19–20||10|
|Comp||-2E64+1 .. 2E63-1||19–20||8|
|Currency||-922337203685477.5808 .. 922337203685477.5807||19–20||8|
The Comp type is, in effect, a 64-bit integer and is not available on all target platforms. To get more information on the supported types for each platform, refer to the Programmer’s Guide.
The currency type is a fixed-point real data type which is internally used as an 64-bit integer type (automatically scaled with a factor 10000), this minimizes rounding errors. This type should be used with care: when used in expressions using e.g. multiplication, the evaluation of the expression may go wrong (losing precision) if intermediate results fall outside the currency range.