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BCC (short for "Branch if Carry is Clear") is the mnemonic for a machine language instruction which branches, or "jumps", to the address specified if, and only if the carry flag is clear. If the carry flag is set when the CPU encounters a BCC instruction, the CPU will continue at the instruction following the BCC rather than taking the jump.

BCC in comparisons[edit | edit source]

Main article: Comparisons in machine language

BCC and its counterpart BCS are often used in conjunction with instruction like CMP, CPX, CPY or SBC to compare unsigned numbers, like for 8-bit integers as follows:

LDA NumA   Read the value "NumA"
CMP NumB   Compare against "NumB"
BCC Less   Go to label "Less" if "NumA" < "NumB"
...        Execution continues here if "NumA" >= "NumB"

For signed integers, this method fails if NumA and NumB have different arithmetic signs (i.e. one negative, the other positive) — instead, BPL and BMI should be used for greater than/less than-style comparisons of signed bytes.

Addressing mode[edit | edit source]

Opcode Addressing
in bytes
Number of
Dec Hex
144 90 Relative BCC nn 2 2*

BCC only supports the Relative addressing mode, as shown in the table at right. In the assembler formats listed, nn is a one-byte (8-bit) relative address. The relative address is treated as a signed byte; that is, it shifts program execution to a location within a number of bytes ranging from -128 to 127, relative to the address of the instruction following the branch instruction.
The execution time for BCC is not a fixed value, but depends on the circumstances. The listed time is valid only in cases where BCC does not take the branch. If it does take the branch, execution takes one additional clock cycle. Furthermore, if the branching crosses a page boundary, yet another cycle must be added to the execution time listed.

CPU flags[edit | edit source]

BCC does not affect any of the CPU's status flags.