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# `__qasx `intrinsic

This intrinsic inserts a `QASX `instruction into the instruction stream generated by the compiler. It enables you to exchange the halfwords of the one operand, then add the high halfwords and subtract the low halfwords, saturating the results to the 16-bit signed integer range -215 x ≤ 215 - 1.

```unsigned int __qasx(unsigned int `val1`, unsigned int `val2`)
```

Where:

`val1`

holds the first operand for the subtraction in the low halfword, and the first operand for the addition in the high halfword

`val2`

holds the second operand for the subtraction in the high halfword, and the second operand for the addition in the low halfword.

The `__qasx `intrinsic returns:

• the saturated subtraction of the high halfword in the second operand from the low halfword in the first operand, in the low halfword of the return value

• the saturated addition of the high halfword in the first operand and the low halfword in the second operand, in the high halfword of the return value.

The returned results are saturated to the 16-bit signed integer range -215 x ≤ 215 - 1.

Example:

```unsigned int exchange_add_and_subtract(unsigned int val1, unsigned int val2)
{
unsigned int res;

res = __qasx(val1,val2); /* res[15:0] = val1[15:0] - val2[31:16]
res[31:16] = val1[31:16] + val2[15:0]
*/
/* Alternative equivalent representation:
val2[15:0][31:16] = val2[31:16][15:0]
res[15:0] = val1[15:0] - val2[15:0]
res[31:16] = val[31:16] + val2[31:16]
*/
return res;
}
```