Register Transfer Language (RTL)

In symbolic notation, it is used to describe the micro-operations transfer among registers. It is a kind of intermediate representation (IR) that is very close to assembly language, such as that which is used in a compiler.The term “Register Transfer” can perform micro-operations and transfer the result of operation to the same or other register.

Micro-operations :
The operation executed on the data store in registers are called micro-operations. They are detailed low-level instructions used in some designs to implement complex machine instructions.

Register Transfer :
The information transformed from one register to another register is represented in symbolic form by replacement operator is called Register Transfer.

Replacement Operator :
In the statement, R2 <- R1, <- acts as a replacement operator. This statement defines the transfer of content of register R1 into register R2.

There are various methods of RTL –



  1. General way of representing a register is by the name of the register inclosed in a rectangular box as shown in (a).
  2. Register is numbered in a sequence of 0 to (n-1) as shown in (b).
  3. The numbering of bits in a register can be marked on the top of the box as shown in (c).
  4. 4. A 16-bit register PC is divided into 2 parts- Bits (0 to 7) are assigned with lower byte of 16-bit address and bits (8 to 15) are assigned with higher bytes of 16-bit address as shown in (d).

Basic symbols of RTL :

It indicates that if P=1, then the content of R1 is transferred to R2. It is a unidirectional operation.

Simultaneous Operations –
If 2 or more operations are to occur simultaneously then they are separated with comma (,).

If the control function P=1, then load the content of R1 into R2 and at the same clock load the content of R2 into R1.

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