The single-cycle implementation of the MIPS processor uses the following control signals, which are grouped according to the execution activity that they affect.

Activity Signal Purpose
PC Update Branch Combined with a condition test boolean to enable loading the branch target address into the PC.
Jump Enables loading the jump target address into the PC (only appears in Figure 4.24 in Patterson and Hennessey).
Source Operand Fetch ALUSrc Selects the second source operand for the ALU (rt or sign-extended immediate field in Patterson and Hennessey).
ALU Operation ALUOp Either specifies the ALU operation to be performed or specifies that the operation should be determined from the function bits.
Memory Access MemRead Enables a memory read for load instructions.
MemWrite Enables a memory write for store instructions.
Register Write RegWrite Enables a write to one of the registers.
RegDst Determines how the destination register is specified (rt or rd in Patterson and Hennessey).
MemtoReg Determines where the value to be written comes from (ALU result or memory in Patterson and Hennessey).