I'm wondering how to write a program in Z80 assembler that discovers the value stored in the SP register.

From what I've seen, the only instructions that touch the SP register are:

  • EX (SP), HL/IX/IY
  • PUSH / POP

However, none of them seem to load the address stored in the SP register anywhere. Is there a way to do it?

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    Incidentally, the Z-80 also has LD SP,nn, LD SP,(mem) and LD (mem),SP. Jan 8, 2021 at 4:54

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The standard way would be adding it to HL. After clearing HL that is.

    LD  HL,0


This is not only already available with the 8080,

    DAD  SP   ; Same opcode (39h), same workings

thus preferable, but as well very handy when setting up a pointer to parameters on stack as, of course, any other constant than 0 can be used and added.

Now, the Z80 did in addition bring a way to store SP with the ED group:

    LD  (loc),SP

With 4 bytes (ED 73 ll hh) it's as long as the LD/ADD sequence and only one T-cycle faster (20 vs. 21) while restricting the store to a fixed address, which may not be always handy - accessing SP is quite often done during task switch or alike where hard coded addresses are a bad idea.

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    Great, I didn't realized that I could add SP. Thanks! Jan 7, 2021 at 23:45

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