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Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture, 5th Edition by Null

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5.4   ADDRESSING

Although addressing is an instruction design issue and is technically part of the instruction format, there are so many issues involved with addressing that it merits its own section. We now present the two most important of these addressing issues: the types of data that can be addressed and the various addressing modes. We cover only the fundamental addressing modes; more specialized modes are built using the basic modes in this section.

5.4.1   Data Types

Before we look at how data is addressed, we will briefly mention the various types of data an instruction can access. There must be hardware support for a particular data type if the instruction is to reference that type. In Chapter 2, we discussed data types, including ...

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