In this paper, a modified architecture for Floating-Point Fused Multiply-Add (FMA) unit for low power and reduced area applications is presented. FMA unit is the one which computes a floating-point (A × B) + C operation as a single instruction. In this paper a bridge unit has been used, which connects the existing floating-point multiplier (FMUL) and the FMUL’s add-round unit in the co-processor to perform FMA operation. The main objective of this modified FMA unit is to reuse as many components as possible to allow parallel floating-point addition and floating-point multiplication or floating-point fused multiply-add functionality by addition of little hardware into the FMUL’s add-round unit. In this paper each unit is designed using Verilog HDL. The design is simulated using Altera ModelSim and is synthesized using Cadence RTL compiler in 45 nm. All the floating-point arithmetics are implemented in IEEE-754 double precision format. It is found that the proposed FMA architecture achieved 17% improvement in power and 6% improvement in area when compared to the existing Bridge FMA unit. © Springer India 2016.