Converts a string (float single precision) in decimal

Hello

I use reading series base and write vi to communicate with a device.  The answer I receive (shown in hexadecimal format) is 4606 8D3B, which from what I understand (this discussion: http://forums.ni.com/t5/LabVIEW/string-to-number-conversion-a-very-interesting-observation/m-p/32170... ) the data is not actually hexadecimal but rather binary and appears just hex for the user.

My camera manual says that this information is "Float - 4-byte ANSII standard simple precision, low to high" and I'm trying to convert this string to a decimal value.  (it should be 0.004 or e-3 xx 4)  So far I've written a program that separates the bytes in a table of 4 bytes, each binary converts and then separate all binary bits and try to group return the binary bits in the exponent and the mantissa to calculate the value, but it seems rather convoluted and I hope that there is a more simple function in that all this is done automatically.  Also, since the answer is low to high, I understand that I must first return the number of 3B8D 0646 make high to low, but I think I did that already, it's just the conversion that I do not know how.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks

Alex

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