Saturday, October 3, 2009

8086 pin diagram description

8086 Pin diagram And Explanation

The 8086 can operate in two modes these are the minimum mode and maximum mode .For minimum mode, a unique processor system with a single 8086 and for Maximum mode a multi processor system with more than one 8086.

MN/MX- is an input pin used to select one of this mode .when MN/MX is high the 8086 operates in minimum mode .In this mode the 8086 is configured to support small single processor system using a few devices that the system bus .when MN/MX is low 8086 is configured to support multiprocessor system.

The AD0-AD15 lines are a 16bit multiplexed addressed or data bus. During the 1st clock cycle AD0-AD15 are the low order 16Bit adders. The 8086 has a total of 20 address line ,the upper 4 lines are multiplexed with the state signal that is A16/S3 , A17/S4 , A18/S5 , A19 /S6.During the first clock period of a best cycle the entire 20bit address is available on these line. During all other clock cycles for memory and i/o operations AD15-AD0 contain the 16 bit data and S3,S4,S5,S6 become the status line .S3 and S4 are decoded as follows

A17/S4 A16/S3 Function

0 0 Extra Segment

0 1 Stack Segment

1 0 code or No segment

1 1 Data Segment

There for the 1st clock cycle of an instruction execution the A17/S4 And A16/S3 pins Specify which Segment register generate the segment portions of the 8086 address

BHE/S7 is used as best high enable during the 1st click cycle of an instruction execution .the BHE can be used in conjunction with AD0 to select the memory

RD is low when the data is read from memory or I/O location .

TEST is an input pin and is only used by the wait instruction .the 8086 enter a wait state after execution of the wait instruction until a low is Sean on the test pin.

INTR is a maskable interrupt input.

NIM is the non maskable interrupt input.

RESET is the system set reset input signal it terminates all the activities it clear PSW,IP,DS,SS,ES and the instruction Queue.

DT/R(Data Transmit or receive ):is an o/p signal required in system that uses the data bus transceiver

ALE is an address latch enable . Is an o/p signal provided by the 8086 and can be used to demultiplexed AD0 to AD15 in to A10 toA15 and D0 to D15.

M/IO is an 8086 output signal to distinguish a memory access and i/o access.

WR is used by the 8086 for performing write memory or write i/o operation .

INTA(interrupt acknowledgement signal )

INTA is the interrupt acknowledgment signal


a high on the HOLD pin indicates that another master is required to take over the S/M bus

CLK clock provides the basic timing signals for the 8086 and bus controls .



  1. thanks............ very helpful..........thanks

  2. its very beneficial... thanks alot.....

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  4. there are some mistakes in writing it pls correct it..
    i.e. BHE/s7 its BUS HIGH ENABLE


  5. verry verry thankyou bcz its very es

  6. thanku friend. but some spellind and notation mistakes are there. please check it out.

  7. Dear author,
    will you please give me the function of status signals: So to S7. it was given for only S3 and S4.

  8. why there is two grounds..? what for those two..?

    1. both the two grounds are same there is no difference between them

  9. very importent is 8086of microprocesser

  10. 8086 can the operate in two modes these r the minimum modes and maximum modes.