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IEEE Computer Volume 15 Number 7 -- THE OPEN CHANNEL

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131518D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-11
Document File: 10 page(s) / 35K

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Software Patent Institute

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Charles McCabe: AUTHOR [+3]


THE OPEN CHANNEL * Trial implementation reveals errors in IEEE standard ** Errors in the proposed mnemonics. ** An addressing problem. ** Conclusion. * Reference * The China computer syndrome ** Four months In China. ** Poor purchase decisions. ** Under utilization. ** Requirements Ignored. ** Management cadres lacking. ** Some thoughts. * Unix-like system standards

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Trial implementation reveals errors in IEEE standard

The microprocessor assembly language standards is a concept that is welcomed by the users of microprocessors. Engineers who work with several different microprocessors, and students faced with the problem of learning several processors and their different assemblers in the same semester will be most appreciative. It is not unusual to have several assemblers using different directives and even different mnemonics available for the same microprocessor. We have two Z80 assemblers; one uses Zilog mnemonics and the other uses a mixture of Zilog Z80 and Intel 8080 mnemonics. What a welcome simplification it will be when the instruction to transfer the program execution to address NEXT if the negative flag is set is BN/NEXT and not JP M,NEXT for one assembler, or JM NEXT for another, or BMI NEXT for another, or . . .

Errors in the proposed mnemonics.

In the process of writing a 6800/8085 assembler following the IEEE P694 proposed microprocessor assembly language standard, we discovered several errors in the standard mnemonics. First, refer to Appendix B of the proposed standard for the list of the 6800 mnemonics.

(1) The enable interrupt and disable interrupt instructions are reversed. The 6800 instruction SKI sets the interrupt

mask and therefore disables the interrupt. The correct table entries are shown in Figure 1.

(2) The rotate right and rotate left instructions are misnamed. The 6800 does not have an 8-bit rotate, only a 9- bit rotate. The correct table entries are shown in Figure 2.

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IEEE Computer Volume 15 Number 7 -- THE OPEN CHANNEL

(3) The 6800 instruction TST is not a logical instruction but an arithmetic instruction. The TST instruchon subtracts O from the data and is therefore a compare or CMP instruction. TST should be removed from the last line of the l...