We present a new micro-architecture for evaluating functions based on piecewise quadratic interpolation. The micro-architecture consists mainly of a look-up table and two multiply-accumulate units. Previous micro-architectures based on piecewise quadratic interpolation have been shown to be efficient for small precision (e.g., single precision) computations. Moreover, they are as fast as piecewise linear interpolation while requiring smaller tables. Our main contribution is in circumventing the need for the additional squaring unit that appears in previous micro-architectures. Based on the proposed micro-architecture, we present a detailed design of single precision reciprocal approximation (1/x) . Our design is based on two multiply-accumulate units that contain truncated Booth radix 4 multipliers. The number of partial products in this design is reduced by over 20% compared to previous designs using quadratic interpolation. The latency of this design is roughly the delay of 19 full-adder gates, and it can be easily pipelined into two stages each with a delay of 10 full-adder gates.