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Microprogrammed control unit:

  1. is faster than a hardwired control unit
  2. facilitates easy implementation of new instructions
  3. is useful when very small programs are to be run
  4. usually refers to control unit of a microprocessor
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(a) is wrong. Microprogrammed CU can never be faster than hardwired CU. Microprogrammed CU it has an extra layer on top of hardwired CU and hence can only be slower than hardwired CU.

(b) is a suitable answer as we can add new instruction by changing the content of control memory.

(c) is not correct as when only small programs are there, hardwired control makes more sense.

(d) control unit can also be hardwired, so this is also not correct.


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Why not d?

@Arjun sir

The link is dead. For small programs, why Hardwired? 

Is it because only few hardware devices are needed. And in Case of Microprogrammed, circuit complexity remains same for small programs too.

Hardwired is faster than mircroprogrammed (but less flexible). If program size is small and won't be modified, hardwired is preferred.

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