Aspect Hardwired Control Microprogrammed Control
Control Signal Generation Control signals are generated directly by hardware circuits using combinational logic. Control signals are generated by executing microinstructions stored in control memory (e.g., ROM or PLA).
Flexibility Limited flexibility. Changing the instruction set or control logic may require redesigning hardware circuits. More flexible. Control logic can be modified by updating the microprogram stored in control memory without changing hardware.
Complexity Less complex. Control logic is implemented using hardware circuits, which can be simpler in design. More complex. Control logic is defined by microprograms, which may involve more overhead in terms of memory and execution time.
Speed Generally faster. Control signals are generated directly without additional interpretation. Potentially slower. Microinstruction fetching and execution may introduce overhead compared to direct hardware control.
Design Effort Requires more design effort upfront to design and implement hardware circuits for control logic. Requires less initial design effort. Control logic can be defined and modified at a higher level of abstraction using microprograms.
Debugging and Testing Harder to debug and test due to the complexity of hardware circuits and potential for errors in wiring. Easier to debug and test. Microprograms can be modified and tested without changing hardware, facilitating debugging and validation.

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