SHIFT What is shift in electronics? Read the following to find out:

shift

is an operation that moves the bits held in a store location to the left or right as specified. There are three different types of shift.

arithmetic shift

is one where if bits are shifted from the right of the location they are lost and copies of the sign bit are shifted in at the opposite end. If the data represents a number this operation preserves the positive/negative sign.

cyclic shift rotation

is one where the bits shifted from the end of the location are reinserted at the oppositc end.