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Question 6

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Using which pin it՚s possible to address 16 bit addresses even though there are only 8 address bits in 8085?


  • ALE stands for Address Latch Enable.
  • It is used in 8085 microprocessor to demultiplex the address bus and data bus of the microprocessor. 8 bit data bus and 16 bit address bus is present in 8085, where lower order address bus are multiplexed with data bus. Low order AD0 and AD7 are multiplexed.
  • When ALE = 1, it indicates the address bus, i.e.. during first clock cycle of the instruction it gives the address
  • When ALE = 0, it indicates the data bus, i.e.. during second and third cycle of instruction it does the operation on data.
  • So, ALE pin is used to demultiplex the lower order address and data bus.

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