The multiplication operation is supported by a dedicated peripheral module. The module performs 16- × 16-bit, 16- × 8-bit, 8- × 16-bit, and 8- × 8-bit operations. The module supports signed and unsigned multiplication as well as signed and unsigned multiply-and-accumulate operations. The result of an operation can be accessed immediately after the operands have been loaded into the peripheral registers. No additional clock cycles are required.