Table Pointer Register

The Table Pointer (TBLPTR) register addresses a byte within the program memory. The TBLPTR comprises three SFR registers: Table Pointer Upper Byte, Table Pointer High Byte and Table Pointer Low Byte (TBLPTRU:TBLPTRH:TBLPTRL). These three registers join to form a 22-bit wide pointer (bits 0 through 21). The bits 0 through 20 allow the device to address up to 2 Mbytes of program memory space. Bit 21 allows access to the Device ID, the User ID and the Configuration bits.

The Table Pointer register, TBLPTR, is used by the TBLRD and TBLWT instructions. These instructions can increment and decrement the TBLPTR depending on specific appended characters as shown in the following table. The increment and decrement operations on the TBLPTR affect only bits 0 through 20.

Table 1. Table Pointer Operations with TBLRD and TBLWT Instructions
Example Operation on Table Pointer


TBLPTR is not modified


TBLPTR is incremented after the read/write


TBLPTR is decremented after the read/write


TBLPTR is incremented before the read/write