5.6 Comparison of condition code meanings in integer and floating-point code

The meaning of the condition code mnemonic suffixes depends on whether the condition flags in the APSR were set by a floating-point instruction or by an ARM or Thumb data processing instruction.

This is because:

  • Floating-point values are never unsigned, so the unsigned conditions are not required.

  • Not-a-Number (NaN) values have no ordering relationship with numbers or with each other, so additional conditions are required to account for unordered results.

The only VFP instruction that can update the condition flags is VCMP. Other VFP or NEON instructions cannot modify the flags.

The VCMP instruction does not update the flags in the APSR directly, but updates a separate set of flags in the FPSCR. To use these flags to control conditional instructions, including conditional VFP instructions, you must first copy them into the APSR using a VMRS instruction:

    VMRS APSR_nzcv, FPSCR

The meaning of the condition code mnemonic suffixes is shown in the following table:

Table 5-2 Condition codes

Suffix Meaning after integer data processing instruction Meaning after floating-point instruction
EQ Equal Equal
NE Not equal Not equal, or unordered
CS Carry set Greater than or equal, or unordered
HS Unsigned higher or same Greater than or equal, or unordered
CC Carry clear Less than
LO Unsigned lower Less than
MI Negative Less than
PL Positive or zero Greater than or equal, or unordered
VS Overflow Unordered (at least one NaN operand)
VC No overflow Not unordered
HI Unsigned higher Greater than, or unordered
LS Unsigned lower or same Less than or equal
GE Signed greater than or equal Greater than or equal
LT Signed less than Less than, or unordered
GT Signed greater than Greater than
LE Signed less than or equal Less than or equal, or unordered
AL Always (normally omitted) Always (normally omitted)

Note:

The type of the instruction that last updated the condition flags determines the meaning of the condition codes.
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