The ALU supports arithmetic and logic operations between registers or between a constant and a
register. Single register operations can also be executed in the ALU. After an arithmetic operation, the
Status Register is updated to reflect information about the result of the operation.
Program flow is provided by conditional and unconditional jump and call instructions, able to directly
address the whole address space. Most AVR instructions have a single 16-bit word format. Every
program memory address contains a 16- or 32-bit instruction.
Program Flash memory space is divided in two sections, the Boot Program section and the Application
Program section. Both sections have dedicated Lock bits for write and read/write protection. The SPM
instruction that writes into the Application Flash memory section must reside in the Boot Program section.
During interrupts and subroutine calls, the return address Program Counter (PC) is stored on the Stack.
The Stack is effectively allocated in the general data SRAM, and consequently the Stack size is only
limited by the total SRAM size and the usage of the SRAM. All user programs must initialize the SP in the
Reset routine (before subroutines or interrupts are executed). The Stack Pointer (SP) is read/write
accessible in the I/O space. The data SRAM can easily be accessed through the five different addressing
modes supported in the AVR architecture.
The memory spaces in the AVR architecture are all linear and regular memory maps.
A flexible interrupt module has its control registers in the I/O space with an additional Global Interrupt
Enable bit in the Status Register. All interrupts have a separate Interrupt Vector in the Interrupt Vector
table. The interrupts have priority in accordance with their Interrupt Vector position. The lower the
Interrupt Vector address, the higher the priority.
The I/O memory space contains 64 addresses for CPU peripheral functions as Control Registers, SPI,
and other I/O functions. The I/O Memory can be accessed directly, or as the Data Space locations
following those of the Register File, 0x20 - 0x5F. In addition, this device has Extended I/O space from
0x60 - 0xFF in SRAM where only the ST/STS/STD and LD/LDS/LDD instructions can be used.
ALU – Arithmetic Logic Unit
The high-performance AVR ALU operates in direct connection with all the 32 general purpose working
registers. Within a single clock cycle, arithmetic operations between general purpose registers or between
a register and an immediate are executed. The ALU operations are divided into three main categories –
arithmetic, logical, and bit-functions. Some implementations of the architecture also provide a powerful
multiplier supporting both signed/unsigned multiplication and fractional format. See Instruction Set
Summary section for a detailed description.
Instruction Set Summary on page 462
The Status Register contains information about the result of the most recently executed arithmetic
instruction. This information can be used for altering program flow in order to perform conditional
operations. The Status Register is updated after all ALU operations, as specified in the Instruction Set
Reference. This will in many cases remove the need for using the dedicated compare instructions,
resulting in faster and more compact code.
The Status Register is not automatically stored when entering an interrupt routine and restored when
returning from an interrupt. This must be handled by software.
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