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Why are machine language and assembly language considered machine dependent?


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June 19, 2011 4:15PM

Machine languages are composed of instructions intended to be read directly by the microprocessor (the computer's CPU). The manufacturer of the CPU determines it's "INSTRUCTION SET"

ASSEMBLY LANGUAGE on the other hand IS NOT machine dependent. The same commands ADD, Divide, Move, etc are universal. HOWEVER the ASSEMBLY LANGUAGE has to have an INTERPRETER for EACH CPU, and that will translate the Universal ASSEMBLY language to the MACHINE SPECIFIC code required to program the CPU.