Difference between PC relative and Base register Addressing Modes
Prerequisite – Addressing Modes
1. PC relative addressing mode:
PC relative addressing mode is used to implement intra segment transfer of control, In this mode effective address is obtained by adding displacement to PC.
EA = PC + Address field value PC = PC + Relative value
2. Base register addressing mode:
Base register addressing mode is used to implement inter segment transfer of control. In this mode effective address is obtained by adding base register value to address field value.
EA = Base register + Address field value PC = Base register + Relative value
Difference between PC Relative And Base Register Addressing modes:
|PC Relative Addressing Mode||Base Register Addressing Mode|
|The content of program counter is added to the addressing field of the instruction i to obtain the effective address.||The base register content is added to the addressing field of the instruction to obtain the effective address.|
|The addressing field of the instruction is mostly a signed number which can be either positive or negative.||A base register holds a base address and the addressing field of the instruction gives displacement according to the base address.|
|A program counter always keeps track of the instructions of the program stored in its memory.||A particular register has to be selected from the register set, according to the instruction.|
|Uses more bits as it has to specify a memory address directly.||Uses less bits as it has to select a register from a register set.|
|A program counter always contains the address of the immediately next instruction to be executed. After fetching the address mentioned in the instruction, the program counter value immediately increases.||In Base Register addressing mode the displacement value can be the same as the value required to reference the desired address as it does not immediately go to the next instruction.||Effective address of the operand is obtained by adding the program counter content to the addressing field of instruction.||Effective address of the operand is obtained by adding the base register content to the addressing field of instruction.||EA = PC + Address field value|
PC = PC + Relative value
|EA = Base register + Address field value|
PC = Base register + Relative value
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