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To add a signed 8-bit delta to a 16-bit value, we need to sign-extend the delta to a full 16 bits. The low byte can be added as normal, but the upper byte needs to be $00 or $ff based on the sign of the low byte.

 ; Precalculate the sign-extended high byte in .X
 ldx #$00
 lda delta
 bpl :+
  dex        ; decrement high byte to $ff for a negative delta
 ; Normal 16-bit addition
 adc value   ; .A still holds delta
 sta value
 txa         ; .X is the high byte
 adc value+1
 sta value+1

The following version uses only the accumulator, adding 2 bytes and 1 cycle:

 ; Standard low byte addition
 lda delta
 adc value
 sta value
 ; Sign extend the high byte
 lda delta
 and #$80    ; Extract the sign bit
 beq :+      ; If zero, add #$00 (+ carry)
  lda #$ff   ; Else, add $ff (+ carry)
:adc value+1
 sta value+1

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base/signed_8bit_16bit_addition.txt · Last modified: 2018-09-28 05:20 by white_flame