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16-bit addition and subtraction

16-bit basic arithmetic is very easy. Using the carry flag, you can simply chain 8-bit operations to perform this simple task on longer integers. Starting from the least signifant byte, work your way up to the MSB. The routine is the same for adding and subtracting, except for the fact that when adding, the carry flag is initially cleared and for subtracting, it is set to 1, in order for it being possible to borrow from the carry. You can expand the routines below, putting more bytes to the numbers and repeating the lda, adc/sbc, sta block for each of them in order, to create 24-bit, 32-bit or more add and sub routines.

; 16-bit addition and subtraction simple example by FMan/Tropyx

	!to "16bitaddandsub.prg",cbm	; compile using ACME

	num1lo = $62
	num1hi = $63
	num2lo = $64
	num2hi = $65
	resultlo = $66
	resulthi = $67

; adds numbers 1 and 2, writes result to separate location

add	clc				; clear carry
	lda num1lo
	adc num2lo
	sta reslo			; store sum of LSBs
	lda num1hi
	adc num2hi			; add the MSBs using carry from
	sta reshi			; the previous calculation

; subtracts number 2 from number 1 and writes result out

sub	sec				; set carry for borrow purpose
	lda num1lo
	sbc num2lo			; perform subtraction on the LSBs
	sta reslo
	lda num1hi			; do the same for the MSBs, with carry
	sbc num2hi			; set according to the previous result
	sta reshi

Added by enthusi. In case you substract or add a constant 8bit value to a 16 bit value you can shorten the approach:

add	clc		
	lda my16bit_lsb
	adc #40
	sta my16bit_lsb
        bcc ok             
        inc my16bit_msb
base/16bit_addition_and_subtraction.txt · Last modified: 2015-04-17 04:30 by