 Microprocessor is

• A multi-purpose, programmable, clock-driven, register-based electronic

device • A semiconductor device manufactured by using LSI technique, including ALU, register arrays & control circuits on a single chip, also known as MPU (microprocessor unit)

 Microprocessor does
• Read binary instructions from memory
• Communicate with all peripherals (memory & I/Os) using system bus • Control the timing of information flow

• Perform the computing tasks specified in a program

 Key Components
 Microprocessor  Memory

Microprocessor Input Output

 Input
 Output

 Terminologies
 Hardware: physical components of the system

 Program: a set of instructions written for the microprocessor to perform a

task  Software: a group of programs  Operating System: A set of programs to interact between the software and the hardware through the user

• Abbreviation for the term “binary digit” • 0: low, 1: high

• A group of bits that microprocessor recognizes & processes at a

time • Microprocessors are classified according to the word length (Example: 8-bit microprocessors employs a word length of 8 bits)

• A group of 4 bits

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The first microprocessor, Intel 4004, a 4-bit PMOS microprocessor was introduced in the year 1971 by Intel Corporation, U.S.A.. Then a 4-bit microprocessor Intel 4040, an enhanced version of Intel 4004 was developed. In 1972, Intel introduced the first 8-bit microprocessor, Intel 8008 using PMOS technology. In 1973, Intel introduced a more powerful and faster 8-bit NMOS microprocessor Intel 8080. In 1975, Intel developed an improved 8-bit NMOS microprocessor, Intel 8085 which uses only one +5V supply. It is an improved version of Intel 8080. In 1978 Intel introduced a 16-bit microprocessor, Intel 8086. In 1985, first 32-bit microprocessor was developed by Intel 80386. Then came Pentium, 32-bit advanced processor in 1993. In 1998 Intel developed another 32-bit low cost processor Celeron based on Pentium-Pro architecture. In 1999, Intel developed Pentium III.

Inside CPU(*)

(not included in a single chip)
Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU)



Control Unit



• Microcomputer
– A computer with a microprocessor as its CPU – It includes microprocessor, memory, and I/O (input/output)

• Microcontroller
– A device that includes microprocessor, memory, and I/O signal lies on a single chip (fabricated using VLSI technology)
MPU Memory Output I/O

Microprocessor as CPU Input

Peripheral Devices A/D Converter Timer, Serial I/O


Microcomputer Block Diagram

Microcontroller Block Diagram

– Microcomputer – a computer with a microprocessor as its CPU. Includes memory, I/O etc. – Microprocessor – silicon chip which includes ALU, register circuits & control circuits – Microcontroller – silicon chip which includes microprocessor, memory & I/O in a single package.

MACHINE LANGUAGE: Each machine has its own set of instructions
based on the design of its CPU or of its microprocessor. To communicate with the computer, one must give instructions in binary language, which is called Machine Language.

ASSEMBLY LANGUAGE: It is difficult for most user to write programs
in sets of 0s and 1s. So computer manufacturers have devised English-like words to represent binary instructions of a machine called Assembly Language, which is machine specific.

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LOW LEVEL LANGUAGE: Machine language and Assembly language
are microprocessor specific and are both considered Low Level Language.

HIGH LEVEL LANGUAGE: Programming languages that are intended
to be machine-independent are called High-Level Languages. Examples are FORTRAN, BASIC, PASCAL, C,C++,JAVA etc. A program called Interpreter or Compiler accept English like statements as their input, called SOURCE CODE. The Compiler or Interpreter then translates it into OBJECT CODE compatible with the microprocessor being used in the system.

reads the entire program first and translates it into the object code that is executed by the microprocessor. The Interpreter reads one instruction at a time, produces its object code, and executes it before reading the next one.

• Machine Language is
– – – – A binary language, composed of 0s & 1s Specific to each computer Tedious & error-prone to recognize & write instructions Using Hex keys can be a little bit more effective; still got a problem

8085 Machine Language
– 8-bit word length – Its instruction set (language) is designed by using various combination of these 8 bits – 246 different bit patterns, 74 different instructions – Examples: 0011 1100: increments the number in the accumulator by 1

1000 0000: adds the number in the register called B to the number in the acc. keeps the sum in the acc.

Memory Subsystem Organization and Interfacing • Types of Memory
• • • • PROM (Programmable ROM) EPROM(Erasable PROM) EEPROM(Electrically Erasable PROM) Flash EEPROM


• Static RAM(SRAM) • Dynamic RAM(DRAM)

Intel 8085 microprocessor family
• Intel 8085 had single 5 Volt power supply. • It is a 40 pin I.C. package fabricated on a single LSI chip. • Clock oscillator and system controller were integrated on the chip. • Its clock speed is about 3 MHz. The clock is about 320 ns. The

CPU included serial I/O port. • It has 80 basic instructions and 246 op codes. •    It consists of three main sections: An arithmetic and logic unit. A timing and control unit. A set of registers.

• System Bus – wires connecting memory & I/O to microprocessor
– Address Bus
• Unidirectional • Identifying peripheral or memory location

– Data Bus
• Bidirectional • Transferring data

– Control Bus
• Synchronization signals • Timing signals • Control signal

• Bus


Address bus signals, Data bus signals
AD0-AD7, A8-A15  16 address lines – 2 sets  Most significant bits (A8-A15) – single directional  Least significant bits (AD0-AD7) – bidirectional ○ Multiplexed with the bits of bi-directional data bus ○ It is used as both address and data bus

Mp Communication And Bus Timings - 2





• A, B, C, D, E, H, and L • BC, DE, and HL

• Program Counter
• Stack Pointer

 Status


• IO/M


• S1, S0 – status signals, to indicate the type of

 Differentiate I/O and memory applications  High – I/O  Low – Memory

machine cycle in progress
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 RD – data on the data bus to be read into processor  WR – data on the data bus to be written to processor  INTA – acknowledge an INTR interrupt

• Initiated signals
– Reset In – reset CPU – Hold – suspend CPU operation – Ready – CPU go into wait state, to sync with slower devices

• Signal acknowledgement
– Reset out – high once CPU is rest – HLDA – acknowledges hold signal

16 – Bit Registers
 Program Counter
○ A pointer to the next instruction to be executed

○ Contains the 16-bit memory address of the next instruction ○ Updated after processor has fetched the instruction

 Stack Pointer
○ Stack – an area in memory in which temporary info is stored ○ Stack – FILO (First In Last Out) basis

○ Holds the address of the top of the stack

Flag Register
› 8 bit register – shows the status of the microprocessor

before/after an operation › S (sign flag), Z (zero flag), AC (auxillary carry flag), P (parity flag) & CY (carry flag)
D7 D6 D5 D4 D3 D2 D1










› Sign Flag
 Used for indicating the sign of the data in the accumulator  The sign flag is set if negative (1 – negative)  The sign flag is reset if positive (0 – positive)

Zero Flag
 Is set if result obtained after an operation is 0

 Is set following an increment or decrement operation of that


10110011 + 01001101 --------------1 00000000

Carry Flag
 Is set if there is a carry or borrow from arithmetic operation

1011 0101 + 0110 1100 --------------Carry 1 0010 0001

1011 0101 - 1100 1100 --------------Borrow 1 1110 1001

Auxiliary Carry Flag
 Is set if there is a carry out of bit 3
1011 0101 + 0110 1100 --------------1 0010 0001

Parity Flag
 Is set if parity is even
 Is cleared if parity is odd

• Maskable Interrupts
– Microprocessor can ignore or delay interrupt request
• INTR – General purpose interrupt • RST 5.5, RST 6.5, RST 7.5 – Restart interrupts, higher priorities

• Nonmaskable Interrupts
– Enabled by default – Cannot be disabled – Microprocessor must respond to it immediately
• TRAP – highest priority

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