Undocumented OpCodes: AAM

AAM - D4 IMM8 - ASCII Adjust after Multiplication

Undocumented:  Available to all Intel x86 processors.
               Useful in production source code.
Flags:                                ASCII Adjust after Multiply
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+                       +----------+----------+
|O|D|I|T|S|Z|A|P|C|                       | 11010100 |   DATA   |
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+                       +----------+----------+
|0| | | |+|+|0|+|0|                       |    D4    |     IMM8 |
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+                       +----------+----------+

AAM is shown as a two byte encoding used to divide AL by 10, putting the quotient in AH, and the remainder in AL. However, AAM is listed in the op code map as a single byte instruction. This leads one to wonder why a two-byte opcode is listed in the single-byte opcode map. In reality, the second byte is an undocumented operand to AAM. The operand is the divisor. In its documented incarnation, AAM is encoded as D4 0A. The operand 0A is the divisor. This divisor can be changed to any value between 0 and FF. Using AAM in this manner is useful -- as it extends the CPU instruction set to include a DIV IMM8 instruction that is not available from any other form of the DIV instruction. The extended form of the AAM instruction is also useful because it sets the flags register according to the results, unlike the DIV or IDIV instruction. According to Intel documentation, SF, ZF, and PF flags are set according to the result, while OF, AF, and CF are undefined. However, if AAM were used strictly as documented, then the Sign Flag (SF) could not be set under any circumstances, since anything divided by 10 will leave a remainder between 0 and 9. Obviously the remainder could never be between 128 and 255 (or -1 and -128 if you prefer) if used only as documented. Since AAM divides an 8 bit number by another 8-bit number, a carry or overflow could never occur. Therefore CF and OF always=0. Intel claims they are undefined, but my observations are consistent with my theory. Contrary to documentation, AAM will generate exceptions in real mode, protected mode, and V86 mode. AAM can only generate Exception 0 -- divide by 0. Finally, in the Pentium User's Manual, this heretofore undocumented form of AMM is described. Intel says:

This instruction exists in this form on all Intel x86 processors. See the file AAM.ASM for diagnostics source code for this instruction.

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