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8085 program for Binary search
  • Difficulty Level : Medium
  • Last Updated : 26 Nov, 2018

Prerequisite – Binary Search
Problem – Write an assembly language program in the 8085 microprocessor to find a given number in the list of 10 numbers. If found store 1 in output, else store 2 in output. Also, store the number of iterations and the index of the element, if found.

Example: Let the list be as follows:

Input: 21H (at 3000H)
Output: 1 (success) in 3001H,
2 (index) in 3002H, and
3 (iteration number) in 3003H.

Input: 22H (at 3000H)
Output: 2 (failure) in 3001H,
X (don't care) in 3002H, and
4 (iteration before failure) in 3003H 

Assumption –
Assume data to compare it with is stored in 3000H, list of numbers is from 3010H to 3019H and results are stored as follows: number of iterations in 3003H, success/failure (1/2) in 3001H and index in 3002H

Algorithm –

  1. Move 0 to Accumulator and store it in 3003H, to indicate number of iterations so far.
  2. Move 0 and 9 to L and H registers, respectively.
  3. Load the data to search for in Accumulator from 3000H and shift it to B register.
  4. Retrieve the number of iterations from 3003H, increase it by one and store back in 3003H.
  5. Move value of H register to Accumulator and compare with L register.
  6. If carry is generated, binary search is over so JUMP to step 20.
  7. Add value of L register to Accumulator and right rotate it.
  8. Store value of Accumulator in register C and force reset carry flag, if set.
  9. Load the start address of the array in D-E register pair.
  10. Add the value of accumulator to Register E and store the result in E.
  11. Move 0 to Accumulator and use the ADC command to add any possible carry generated due to previous addition and store it back in Register D.
  12. Load the value pointed to by D-E pair and compare with Register B. If carry is generated, JUMP to step 15 and if Zero flag is set, JUMP to step 17.
  13. Move value of Register C to Accumulator and decrement Accumulator.
  14. Move value of Accumulator to H and JUMP back to step 4.
  15. Move value of Register C to Accumulator and increment Accumulator.
  16. Move value of Accumulator to L and JUMP back to step 4.
  17. Move 1 to Accumulator ad store in 3001H to indicate success.
  18. Move value of Register C to Accumulator and store it in 3002H to save the index.
  19. JUMP to statement 21.
  20. Move 2 to Accumulator and store it in 3001H to indicate failure.
  21. End the program.

Program –


Address Label Instruction Comment
2000H LDA 3000H Load value to search for
2003H MOV B, A Save it in register B
2004H MVI A, 0
2006H STA 3003H Store iteration number
2009H M0V L, A
200AH MVI A, 9
200CH MOV H, A Storing high and low indices in H-L pair done
200DH start_loop: LDA 3003H Load iteration number
2010H INR A Increment iteration number
2011H STA 3003H Store back in 3003H
2014H MOV A, H Store high index in Accumulator
2015H CMP L Compare with lower index
2016H JC loop_end If carry generated, this means high is less than low so binary search over
2019H ADD L Add high to low
202AH RAR Right rotate to divide by two and generate mid
202BH MOV C, A Save mid in register C
202CH JNC reset If carry flag unset, go directly to reset.
202FH CMC Force unset carry flag
2030H reset NOP
2031H LXI D, 3010H Load start address in D-E pair
2034H ADD E Add mid to E to get the offset
2035H MOV E, A Get the changed address back in E so it becomes a pointer to arr[mid]
2036H MVI A, 0 Handle possible overflow
2038H ADC D
2039H MOV D, A Memory index handled
203AH LDAX D Load the array element in accumulator
203BH CMP B Compare with value to search
203CH JC else_block Implies value is greater than value at mid, so we need low=mid+1
203FH JZ print If zero flag set, match found. Jump to print block
2042H MOV A, C Neither executed so value<mid and we need high=mid-1
2043H DCR A mid=mid-1
2044H MOV H, A h=mid
2045H JMP start_loop Jump back
2046H else_block MOV A, C We need low=mid+1
2047H INR A mid=mid+1
2048H MOV A, L l=mid
2049H JMP start_loop
204CH print MVI A, 1 Move 1 to Accumulator
204EH STA 3001H Store it in 3001H to indiate success
2051H MOV A, C Move index, that is mid, back to Accumulator
2052H STA 3002H Store it in 3002H
2055H JMP true_end Jump to end of the code
2058H loop_end MVI A, 2
205AH STA 3001H Store 2 in 3001H to indicate failure
205DH true_end HLT Terminate

Explanation –

  1. We move value of higher and lower index (9 and 0 in this case) to H and L registers respectively in step 2
  2. Higher and lower indices are compared in step 5. On getting a carry, which indicates low>high, we jump to end of loop else go to step 6.
  3. In steps 7 and 8 we add value of H and L registers and right rotate it, which is equivalent to (high+low)/2 in order to find the index in say C language
  4. In step 10, we add the value of mid to start address of array so that it acts as an offset, similar to how *(arr+x) and arr[x] is identical in C.
  5. Step 11 ensures no overflow occurs.
  6. In step 12, we compare the value at mid index with the value to be searched. If it’s equal, we jump out of the loop and set the values appropriately.
  7. If they are not equal, step 12 branches appropriately to let us increment/decrement mid by 1 and move that value to L/H register, as necessary (just like high=mid-1 or low=mid+1 is done in C) and go back to start of loop, that is step 2.

Note – This approach will fail if the element to be searched is smaller than the smallest element in the array. In order to handle that, add an extra zero to the start of the loop and move values 10 and 1 to H-L pair in step 2, respectively.

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