x86 Assembler Recommendations

From: Scott Stevens <chenmel_at_earthlink.net>
Date: Tue Feb 15 17:40:01 2005

On Tue, 15 Feb 2005 17:23:45 +0100
Jochen Kunz <jkunz_at_unixag-kl.fh-kl.de> wrote:

> On Mon, 14 Feb 2005 21:13:29 -0600
> "Michael B. Brutman" <mbbrutman_at_magnaspeed.net> wrote:
> > Any recommendations? Any leads on where to find one of these
> > reasonably priced?
> This one is free:
> http://john.ccac.rwth-aachen.de:8000/as/index.html
> --

That assembler looks useful for something I have been wanting to do.
Most of my programming experience is with small embedded controllers, 4
and 8 bit parts, and I've been looking for a 'bare metal' 8086
assembler. By this, I mean one that doesn't assume anything at all
about the memory mapping and doesn't expect an OS or loader to get it
into memory. An assembler where ORG directives can locate your code and
it is rommable directly out of the assembler (i.e. Intel Hex binary
output). The kind of tool you can wrap up in some scripting for quick
'assemble/shoot to EPROM emulator/burn to EPROM' development on the fly.

Awhile back I started designing a SBC based on the 8088/8088 processor,
with a single ROM, an SRAM, etc. I got bogged down badly in trying to
use regular DOS-type tools to produce rommable code. I actually have a
CPU card all wired up and waiting for a ROM to be plugged in.

This is actually plausibly on-topic here, though it's really a topic for
an 'embedded controller/SBC' list, as the date codes on all the chips
being used on my project all meet the 'ten year rule.' The URL for a
web page I put together (currently not very active) is:

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