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# Convert 32 bit unsigned int to 16 bit signed int.

Hello
I am looking for some effecient way to convert a 32 bit unsigned
integer to a 16 bit signed integer. All I want is the lower 16 bits
of the 32 bit unsigned integer , with bit 15 (0..15) to used as the
sign bit for the 16 bit signed integer. Any ideas/help greatly
appreciated.

Thanks.
Sep 11 '08 #1
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On Sep 11, 12:56*pm, Fore <brian.william. ..@blueyonder.c o.ukwrote:
Hello
I am looking for some effecient way to convert a 32 bit unsigned
integer to a 16 bit signed integer. *All I want is the lower 16 bits
of the 32 bit unsigned integer , with bit 15 (0..15) to used as the
sign bit for the 16 bit signed integer. *Any ideas/help greatly
appreciated.
1. Remove the word "efficient" from your lexicon. Study Knuth's/
Hoare's law.
2. Have you not studied the bitwise operators?
Sep 11 '08 #2
On 11 Sep, 21:31, red floyd <redfl...@gmail .comwrote:
On Sep 11, 12:56*pm, Fore <brian.william. ..@blueyonder.c o.ukwrote:
Hello
I am looking for some effecient way to convert a 32 bit unsigned
integer to a 16 bit signed integer. *All I want is the lower 16 bits
of the 32 bit unsigned integer , with bit 15 (0..15) to used as the
sign bit for the 16 bit signed integer. *Any ideas/help greatly
appreciated.

1. Remove the word "efficient" from your lexicon. *Study Knuth's/
Hoare's law.
2. Have you not studied the bitwise operators?
Answer to 1. I accept removal of efficient and no to ...laws.
Answer to 2. is yes, but I also want to be able to achieve this
without a host of complier warnings about the possible loss of data.
Sep 11 '08 #3
Fore wrote:
On 11 Sep, 21:31, red floyd <redfl...@gmail .comwrote:
>On Sep 11, 12:56 pm, Fore <brian.william. ..@blueyonder.c o.ukwrote:
>>Hello
I am looking for some effecient way to convert a 32 bit unsigned
integer to a 16 bit signed integer. All I want is the lower 16 bits
of the 32 bit unsigned integer , with bit 15 (0..15) to used as the
sign bit for the 16 bit signed integer. Any ideas/help greatly
appreciated .
1. Remove the word "efficient" from your lexicon. Study Knuth's/
Hoare's law.
2. Have you not studied the bitwise operators?

Answer to 1. I accept removal of efficient and no to ...laws.
Answer to 2. is yes, but I also want to be able to achieve this
without a host of complier warnings about the possible loss of data.
If compiler warnings bother you, disable them. Going from 32 bits to 16
bit *will cause* loss of data (the top 16 bits), the compiler cannot let
it go without a warning *unless* you tell it not to warn you.

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Sep 11 '08 #4
On Thu, 11 Sep 2008 12:56:54 -0700 (PDT), Fore
<br************ **@blueyonder.c o.ukwrote in comp.lang.c++:
Hello
I am looking for some effecient way to convert a 32 bit unsigned
integer to a 16 bit signed integer. All I want is the lower 16 bits
of the 32 bit unsigned integer , with bit 15 (0..15) to used as the
sign bit for the 16 bit signed integer. Any ideas/help greatly
appreciated.
Aside from the obvious nonsense of "efficient" , as others have already
mentioned, you haven't provided an adequate enough definition of the
problem to allow anyone to suggest ANY implementation.

You haven't told us how you plan to translate an larger unsigned value
to a smaller unsigned value. How do you decide which values are
negative?

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Sep 12 '08 #5
In article
<41************ *************** *******@m36g200 0hse.googlegrou ps.com>,
Triple-DES <De**********@g mail.comwrote:
[...]
I interpreted the OP's specification as if he wanted to extract the
value of the lower 16 bits interpreted as a 2's complement bit
pattern.

short low_16_2sc(unsi gned n)
{
return (n & 0x7fffu) - (n & 0x8000u);
}
Isn't this non-portable? It seems you'd need to cast both sub-expressions
to int, otherwise the entire return expression will be unsigned, making it
implementation-defined what you get when you convert to short a value that
should become negative. Casting both sub-expressions to int should fix
that. The first is necessary to prevent the compiler from converting the
second sub-expression back to unsigned.

return (int) (n & 0x7fffu) - (int) (n & 0x8000u);

Another approach:

short low_16_2sc( unsigned n )
{
return (int) ((n & 0xFFFF) ^ 0x8000) - 0x8000;
}
Sep 12 '08 #6
Fore wrote:
Hello
I am looking for some effecient way to convert a 32 bit unsigned
integer to a 16 bit signed integer. All I want is the lower 16 bits
of the 32 bit unsigned integer , with bit 15 (0..15) to used as the
sign bit for the 16 bit signed integer. Any ideas/help greatly
appreciated.
Maybe it's just me, but I fail to see how a simple

short n = short(value);

wouldn't do what you want (well, assuming 'short' is 16 bits in your
system, which it usually is). I'm probably missing something.
Sep 12 '08 #7
On Sep 12, 10:16 am, Juha Nieminen <nos...@thanks. invalidwrote:
Fore wrote:
I am looking for some effecient way to convert a 32 bit
unsigned integer to a 16 bit signed integer. All I want is
the lower 16 bits of the 32 bit unsigned integer , with bit
15 (0..15) to used as the sign bit for the 16 bit signed
integer. Any ideas/help greatly appreciated.
Maybe it's just me, but I fail to see how a simple
short n = short(value);
wouldn't do what you want (well, assuming 'short' is 16 bits
in your system, which it usually is). I'm probably missing
something.
According to the standard, "If the destination type is signed,
the value is unchanged if it can be represented in the
destination type (and bit-field width); otherwise, the value is
implementation-defined." The C standard is slightly more
restrictive: "When a value with integer type is converted to
another integer type other than _Bool, if the value can be
represented by the new type, it is unchanged. [...]Otherwise,
the new type is signed and the value cannot be represented in
it; either the result is implementation-defined or an
implementation-defined signal is raised."

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Sep 12 '08 #8
On Thu, 11 Sep 2008 12:56:54 -0700 (PDT), Fore
<br************ **@blueyonder.c o.ukwrote:
>Hello
I am looking for some effecient way to convert a 32 bit unsigned
integer to a 16 bit signed integer. All I want is the lower 16 bits
of the 32 bit unsigned integer , with bit 15 (0..15) to used as the
sign bit for the 16 bit signed integer. Any ideas/help greatly
appreciated.

Thanks.
Another method to consider:

short u32_to_i16( unsigned long ul ) {
const unsigned long ul1= 1UL;
if( *((short *)&ul1) )
return *((short *)&ul);
else
return *((short *)&ul + 1);
}

I don't have two different Endian machines to test on, but I think
this should be portable and work on either one. It could be made a bit
faster as follows (define LITTLEENDIAN or not as appropriate for the
particular machine/implementation in use):

#define LITTLEENDIAN

:

#ifdef LITTLEENDIAN

short u32_to_i16( unsigned long ul ) {
return *((short *)&ul);
}

#else

short u32_to_i16( unsigned long ul ) {
return *((short *)&ul + 1);
}

#endif

James Tursa
Sep 14 '08 #9
In article <3d************ *************** *****@4ax.com>, James Tursa
<ac************ *******@hotmail .comwrote:
On Thu, 11 Sep 2008 12:56:54 -0700 (PDT), Fore
<br************ **@blueyonder.c o.ukwrote:
Hello
I am looking for some effecient way to convert a 32 bit unsigned
integer to a 16 bit signed integer. All I want is the lower 16 bits
of the 32 bit unsigned integer , with bit 15 (0..15) to used as the
sign bit for the 16 bit signed integer. Any ideas/help greatly
appreciated.

Thanks.

Another method to consider:

short u32_to_i16( unsigned long ul ) {
const unsigned long ul1= 1UL;
if( *((short *)&ul1) )
return *((short *)&ul);
else
return *((short *)&ul + 1);
}

I don't have two different Endian machines to test on, but I think
this should be portable and work on either one. It could be made a bit
faster as follows (define LITTLEENDIAN or not as appropriate for the
particular machine/implementation in use):

#define LITTLEENDIAN

:

#ifdef LITTLEENDIAN

short u32_to_i16( unsigned long ul ) {
return *((short *)&ul);
}

#else

short u32_to_i16( unsigned long ul ) {
return *((short *)&ul + 1);
}

#endif
I hate to be harsh, but my god, what you just wrote could have simply been
written as

short u32_to_i16( unsigned long ul ) { return (short) ul; }

As with your code, this relies on the machine being two's complement,
having a 16-bit short, and simply taking the low 16 bits without any
overflow checking.
Sep 14 '08 #10

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