1. Instruction set encoding
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This article will follow the introduction of RISC-V (2) The characteristics and classification of the RISC-V instruction set will introduce the coding structure of the RISC-V instruction set. The instruction length can be divided into 16 bits, 32 bits, 48 bits, 64 bits, 128 bits, etc. according to the instruction encoding, as shown in Figure 1.
- 16-bit instruction length: The instruction is 16-bit, and the lowest two bits are aa, where aa can be 00, 01, 10 (aa cannot be 11); if aa=11, it must be 32-bit and above.
- 32-bit instruction length: The instruction is 32-bit, and the lowest five bits are the 32-bit instruction length indication bbbaa, where aa must be 11, bbb is 000-110, and bbb cannot be 111.
- 48-bit instruction length: The instruction is 48 bits, and the lowest 6 bits are 01_1111. In fact, no manufacturer or individual will support the development of a 48-bit CPU.
- 64-bit instruction length: The instruction is 64 bits, and the lowest 7 bits are 011_1111.
- 80-192 bit instruction length: the lowest 7 bits are 111_1111, the 12th-14th are nnn and nnn cannot be 111.
- 128-bit instruction length: 128-bit instruction, the lower 7 bits are 111_1111, and the 12-14 bits nnn is 011.
- Greater than 192-bit instruction length: the lowest 7 bits are 111_1111, and the 12-14th nnn is 111.
Figure 1 RISC-V instruction length encoding 
2. Characteristics and advantages of coding structure
The main advantages of the coding structure are as follows:
- It can quickly identify whether the instruction is 16-bit, 32-bit, 48-bit, 64-bit, or 128-bit, bringing fast and concise identification to the instruction decoder
- It is convenient for designers to mix and use instruction architectures of different bits, which is convenient for code optimization.
- The compressed instruction set module (C) has a total of 46 instructions of 16-bit length, but all 46 instructions are not independent but are compressed under special conditions in 32-bit instructions, so each 16-bit instruction can find the 32-bit instruction. Prototype so can be translated into 32-bit instructions by hardware or software before the instructions are decoded. Instruction decoding and execution can still operate as 32-bit instructions. Therefore, if translated into 32-bit instructions before decoding, the compressed format is invisible to a subsequent execution.
3. Instruction set module
1. Standard configuration module
- RV32I, RV32E: Among them, E is just diversity in I. RV32I defines 32 general-purpose register groups, and RV32E uses 16 of them (register groups will be introduced later).
2. Extended instruction set, as shown in Figure 2
- M: Integer Multiplication and Division Instructions
- A: Memory atomic (Atomic) operation instructions and Load-Reserved/Store-Conditional instructions
- F: Single-precision (32-bit) floating-point instruction set
- D: Double-precision (64-bit) floating-point instruction set
- C: compressed instruction set, the instruction length is 16 bits
|Expansion Module Instruction Set||Number of instructions||description|
|-M||8||Integer Multiplication and Division Instructions|
|-A||11||Memory atomic (Atomic) operation instructions and Load-Reserved/Store-Conditional instructions|
|-F||26||Single-precision (32-bit) floating-point instruction set|
|-D||26||Double-precision (64-bit) floating-point instruction set|
|-C||46||Compressed instruction set, the instruction length is 16 bits|
table 1 Comparison of some extended instruction architectures
4. Article references
 D. Patterson and A. Waterman, The RISC-V reader. Berkeley: Strawberry Canyon LLC, 2018.