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8051 Microcontroller: Addressing Modes

8051 Addressing Modes
An "addressing mode" refers to how you are addressing a given memory location. The 8051 instructions use eight addressing modes. These are: 1. Register 2. Direct 2.1) External Direct 3. Indirect 3.1) External Indirect 4. Immediate 5. Relative 6. Absolute 7. Long 8. Indexed Each of these addressing modes provides important flexibility.


8051 Microcontroller: Addressing Modes

1) Register Addressing
In this mode the data, which the instruction operates on, is in one of eight registers labelled R0 to R7 (Rn, ingeneral). These registers are to be found in one of four register banks, only one of which can be active at anyone time. The active bank may be selected by using bit 3 and bit 4 of the PSW (rs0 & rs1). On power-up orreset, the default register bank is bank 0. The format of an instruction using register addressing: Op code ==> n

For example, to logically OR the contents of accumulator A with that of register R3, the following instruction isused: ORL A, R3 and the op-code is 01001011B. The upper five bits, 01001, indicate the instruction, and the lower three bits, 011,the register.

2) Direct Addressing
Direct addressing is so-named because the value to be stored in memory is obtained by directly retrieving it from another memory location. For example: MOV A,30h This instruction will read the data out of Internal RAM address 30 (hexadecimal) and store it in the Accumulator. Instructions using direct addressing consists of two bytes: op-code and address. Op code Address

Direct addressing is generally fast since, although the value to be loaded isn¶t included in the instruction, it is quickly accessible since it is stored in the 8051s Internal RAM. It is also much more flexible than Immediate Addressing since the value to be loaded is whatever is found at the given address--which may be variable. Also, it is important to note that when using direct addressing any instruction which refers to an address between 00h and 7Fh is referring to Internal Memory. Any


8051 Microcontroller: Addressing Modes

instruction which refers to an address between 80h and FFh is referring to the SFR control registers that control the 8051 microcontroller itself. The obvious question that may arise is, "If direct addressing an address from 80h through FFh refers to SFRs, how can I access the upper 128 bytes of Internal RAM that are available on the 8052?" The answer is: You can¶t access them using direct addressing. As stated, if you directly refer to an address of 80h through FFh you will be referring to an SFR. However, you may access the 8052s upper 128 bytes of RAM by using the next addressing mode, "indirect addressing." Disadvantages : Looping is not possible in direct addressing mode

2.1) External Direct
External Memory is accessed using a suite of instructions which use what I call "External Direct" addressing. I call it this because it appears to be direct addressing, but it is used to access external memory rather than internal memory. There are only two commands that use External Direct addressing mode: MOVX A,@DPTR MOVX @DPTR,A As you can see, both commands utilize DPTR. In these instructions, DPTR must first be loaded with the address of external memory that you wish to read or write. Once DPTR holds the correct external memory address, the first command will move the contents of that external memory address into the Accumulator. The second command will do the opposite: it will allow you to write the value of the Accumulator to the external memory address pointed to by DPTR.

3) Indirect Addressing
Indirect addressing is a very powerful addressing mode which in many cases provides an exceptional level of flexibility. Indirect addressing is also the only way to access the extra 128 bytes of Internal RAM found on an 8052.


8051 Microcontroller: Addressing Modes

Indirect addressing appears as follows: MOV A,@R0 SUBB A, @R0 This instruction performs the operation: (A) n (A) ± (C) ± ((R0)). This instruction causes the 8051 to analyse the value of the R0 register. The 8051 will then load the accumulator with the value from Internal RAM which is found at the address indicated by R0. For example, let¶s say R0 holds the value 40h and Internal RAM address 40h holds the value 67h. When the above instruction is executed the 8051 will check the value of R0. Since R0 holds 40h the 8051 will get the value out of Internal RAM address 40h (which holds 67h) and store it in the Accumulator. Thus, the Accumulator ends up holding 67h. Indirect addressing always refers to Internal RAM; it never refers to an SFR. Thus, in a prior example we mentioned that SFR 99h can be used to write a value to the serial port. Thus one may think that the following would be a valid solution to write the value 1 to the serial port: MOV R0,#99h MOV @R0,#01h Load the address of the serial port Send 01 to the serial port -- WRONG!!

This is not valid. Since indirect addressing always refers to Internal RAM these two instructions would write the value 01h to Internal RAM address 99h on an 8052. On an 8051 these two instructions would produce an undefined result since the 8051 only has 128 bytes of Internal RAM. Advantage: It makes accessing a data dynamics rather than static or in thecase of direct addressing mode.


8051 Microcontroller: Addressing Modes

Limitation :
R0 and R1 ( 8-bit wide ) are the only registers that can be used for pointer in register indirect addressing mode.

3.1 External Indirect
External memory can also be accessed using a form of indirect addressing which I call External Indirect addressing. This form of addressing is usually only used in relatively small projects that have a very small amount of external RAM. An example of this addressing mode is: MOVX @R0,A Once again, the value of R0 is first read and the value of the Accumulator is written to that address in External RAM. Since the value of @R0 can only be 00h through FFh the project would effectively be limited to 256 bytes of External RAM. There are relatively simple hardware/software tricks that can be implemented to access more than 256 bytes of memory using External Indirect addressing; however, it is usually easier to use External Direct addressing if your project has more than 256 bytes of External RAM.

4) Immediate Addressing
Immediate addressing is so-named because the value to be stored in memory immediately follows the operation code in memory. That is to say, the instruction itself dictates what value will be stored in memory. For example, the instruction: MOV A,#20h This instruction uses Immediate Addressing because the Accumulator will be loaded with the value that immediately follows; in this case 20 (hexadecimal).


8051 Microcontroller: Addressing Modes

Immediate addressing is very fast since the value to be loaded is included in the instruction. However, since the value to be loaded is fixed at compile-time it is not very flexible.

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5) Relative Addressing
Sometimes this is also called program counter relative addressing. This addressing mode is used only withcertain jump instructions. A relative address (or offset) is an 8bit signed value, which is added to the programcounter to form the address of the next instruction executed. The range for such a jump instruction is ±128 to+127 locations. Although the range is rather limited, relative addressing does offers the advantage of providingposition-independent code (since absolute addresses are not used). For example, the instruction JZ rel Performs the following operations: (PC) ¬ (PC) + 2 IF (A) = 0 THEN (PC) ¬ (PC) + rel ELSE continue The branch destination is computed by adding the signed relative-displacement in the second instruction byte tothe PC, after incrementing the PC twice.

6) Absolute Addressing
There are only two instructions that use this addressing: ACALL (absolute call) and AJMP (absolute jump). These instructions perform branching within the current 2K page of program memory. The branch address isobtained by successively concatenating the five high-order bits of the program counter, bits 5 ± 7 of the op-code,and the second byte of the instruction. The diagram illustrates how this is done:



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7) L
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Only two instructions use this addressing mode. These instructions areL ALL addr16 addr16.

Both of these are three byte instructions with the op -code being the first byte and the following two bytes are theaddress high-byte and address low-byte respecti ely. These instructions enable the program to branch to anywhere within the full 64 K -bytes of program memory address space.

8) Indexed Addressing
In this mode the 16-bit address in a base register is added to a positi e offset to form an effecti e address for thejump indirect instruction J code byte instructions OV A,@A+DPT and @A+DPT , and the two move OV A,@A+PC. The base register

in the jump instruction is the data pointer and the positive offset isheld in the accumulator. or the move instructions the base register can either be the data pointer or the programcounter, and again the positive offset is in the accumulator. The operations of these three instructions are asfollows: JM @A+DPTR MOVC A,@A+DPTR MOVC A,@A+PC (PC n(A) +(DPTR) (A) n((A) + (DPTR)) (PC) n(PC) + 1 (A) n((A) + (PC))

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