Instruction type ADC R in 8085 Microprocessor

In 8085 assembly language coding, sometimes there is a requirement to add two numbers and where each of these numbers are having several Bytes in size. As example, let us add the following two 16-bit numbers.

   10 50H
   A0 F1H
   B1 01H

In this example, the addition of 50H and F1H results in a sum of 01H with a carry of 1. Now, we are supposed to add 10H and A0H along with this carry of 1. To carry out such a calculation, 8085 supports us with suitable instructions to add two numbers along with carry value.

Here, ADC is a mnemonic that stands for ‘ADd with Carry’ and ‘R’ stands for any of the following registers, or memory location M pointed by HL pair.This instruction is mainly used to add contents of R register and Accumulator along with the carry value. Here the carry can be either 0 or 1. The result of this addition operation will be stored in the Accumulator itself overwriting its previous content. This is 1-Byte instruction so also occupies 1-Byte in the memory. So this R can have 8 possible values and thus 8 possible opcodes.

R = A, B, C, D, E, H, L, or M

Mnemonics, Operand Opcode(in HEX) Bytes
ADC A 8F 1
ADC B 88 1
ADC C 89 1
ADC D 8A 1
ADC E 8B 1
ADC H 8C 1
ADC L 8D 1
ADC M 8E 1

Let us consider ADC E as a sample instruction falling in this category. As mentioned, it is a 1-Byte instruction. Let us consider E register and Accumulator are initial having values 10H and A0H with initial Carry=1. Now if we execute the instruction ADC E, then the result B1H will remain stored on the Accumulator. The result of execution of this instruction is shown below with tracing table.

Before After


10H 10H




Cy=1, Other flag bits may have any value Cy=0,AC=0,Z=0,P=1,S=1

Address Hex Codes Mnemonic Comment
2005 8B ADC Accumulator = Accumulator + E Register + Cy Flag Bit

Here is the timing diagram for the instruction ADC E as shown below


Summary − So this instruction ADC requires 1-Byte, 1 Machine Cycles (Opcode Fetch) and 4 T-States for execution as shown in the timing diagram.

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