Application of DIV instruction in PIC microcontroller

Application of DIV instruction in PIC microcontroller

Application of DIV instruction in PIC microcontroller. Why do we learn division in assembly? Assembler use division to convert decimal into binary, that’s why it is so important to learn. Other than this there are many benefits of division, it prints decimal of many bits and also used to check whether the given number is even or odd and many other division programs.

DIV/IDIV Instruction in microcontroller:

The division operation in assembly language generates two elements, a quotient and a remainder. Overflow does not occur in case of multiplication, because in that double-length registers are used to keep the product. But in the case of division there is a possibility of overflow. The DIV (divide) is used for unsigned data whereas IDIV (integer divide) is used for signed data. The format for the DIV/IDIV instruction −

DIV/IDIV        divisor

In an accumulator is a dividend. Both of the division instructions can work with the 8-bit, 16-bit or 32-bit operands. All six status flags can be affected with operation. When the divisor is 1 byte 16-bit register is used in which quotient goes to AL register and remainder goes to AH register, when divisor is one word, 32-bit register is used in which quotient goes to AX register and remainder goes to HX register, and when divisor is doubleword, 64-bit register is used in which quotient goes to EAX register and remainder goes to EDX register.

Division of unsigned numbers:

In PIC18, there is not even a single instruction for division of byte/byte numbers. The program can be written only in this way that we perform division with repeated subtractions. By dividing a byte by a byte, nominator is placed in file reg whereas denominator is subtracted from it repeatedly. The remainder will be in filereg after completion while the quotient is number of times we subtracted. See the following example:

NUM    EQU    0x19                         ;set aside filereg

MYQ     EQU    0x20

MYNMB   EQU     D‘95’

MYDEN     EQU     D’10’

CLRF    MYQ         ;Quotient = 0

MOVLW    MYNMB           ;WREG=95

MOVWF    NUM                  ;Numerator is 95

               MOVLW   MYDEN              ;WREG = denomerator = 10

B1          INCF         MYQ, F              ;increment quotient for every 10 subr

SUBWF     NUM, F               ;Subtract 10 (F = F – W)

BC         B1                            ;Keep doing it until c = 0

DECF     MYQ, F                  ;once too many

ADDWF          NUM, F                          ;add 10 back to get remaindar

Division for signed numbers:

Signed integers must be sign-extended before division takes place like fill high byte/word/doubleword with a copy of the low byte/word/doubleword’s sign bit. For example, the high byte contains a copy of the sign bit from the low byte. IDIV (signed divide) performs signed integer division it uses same operands as DIV.

Example: 8-bit division of –48 by 5

mov al,-48 cbw      ;extend AL into AH

mov bl,5

idiv bl ; AL = -9, AH = -3

Flowchart of division:

Flowchart of division
Flowchart of division

An application for division:

Sometimes, an ADC (analog to digital converter) is connected to a port and the ADC represents some quantity like temperature or pressure. The data is provided by the ADC 8-bit in hex in the range of 00-FFH. This hex data is compulsory to be converted int decimal. 8086 has DIV instruction which is used to perform division. Take the 8-bit number into BL, and the 16-bit number into AX. Now divide AX by BL. The result will be stored at AX. The OF, SF, ZF, AR, PF and CF flags are undefined are undefined in performing division.

Divisor Operand Size Dividend Quotient Remainder
byte AX AL AH
word DX:AX AX DX


If the resulting quotient is very large to fit in the destination, or if the divisor is 0, an Interrupt 0 is generated. Non-integral quotients will be truncated toward 0. The remainder will have the same sign as the dividend; the absolute value of the remainder is always less than the absolute value of the divisor.


Assume that file register location 0x15 has value FD (hex). write a program to convert it to decimal. save the digits in location 0x22, 0x23, and 0x24, where the least-significant digit is 0x22


#include  <P18F4550.INC>

;PIC assembly language program for division ( by repeated subtraction)


NUME       EQU           0x15                    ;RAM location for NUME

QU             EQU            0x20                    ‘RAM location for quotient

RMND_L   EQU            0x22

RMND_M  EQU             0x23

RMND_H    EQU            0x24

MYNUM      EQU            0xFD                      ;FDH = 253 in decimal

MYDEN        EQU           D’10’                    ;253/10

ORG         0H                   ;starts at address 0

MOVLW     MYNUM        ;WREG = 253, the numerator

MOVWF     NUME            ;load numerator

MOVLW    MY DEN           ;WREG = 10, the denomerator

CLRF           QU, F               ;clear quotient

INCF           QU, F              ; increment quotient for every sub

SUBWF       NUME            ;sub WREG from NUME value

BC                D_1                  ;if positive go back

ADDWF       NUME               ;once too many, this is our first digit

DECF       QU, F                      ;once too many for quotient

MOVFF NUME, RMND_L      ;save the first digit

MOVFF       QU, NUME            ;repeat the process one more time

CLRF         QU                             ;clear QU

D_2                INCF             QU, F

SUBWF        NUME                   ;SUB WREG from NUME value

BC             D_2                              ;(C = 1 for positive)

ADDWF         NUME                     ;once too many


MOVFF     NUME,    RMND_M          ;2nd digit

MOVFF         QU,     RMND_H           ;3rd digit

HERE            GOTO          HERE                               ;stay here forever

END                                                       ; end of asm source file

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