Friday, November 9, 2007

is 8051 a RISC or a CISC processor?

8051 is a CISC () processor

"CISC (complex Instruction Set Computer), with all the possible adressing modes on the instructions"

although the actual number of instructions is quite small!

So, taking the words at face-value, it is quite "simple" relative to something "complex" like a Pentium;
It is also quite "simple" relative to something like the ARM - which is RISC!

"CISC" and "RISC" have to do with design philosophy rather than raw counts of numbers of instructions...

see the following discussion forum for more