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ARM Cortex-R5 Software Design

Standard Level - 3 days

This training course covers the issues involved in developing software for platforms powered by the ARM Cortex-R5 processor.

Software engineers designing applications for platforms based around the ARM Cortex-R5 processor Core. Much of the content is relevant to users of 3rd party tools but we cannot undertake to cover them in any detail.

Delegates should have a basic understanding of microprocessor systems and be familiar with assembler or C programming. A basic awareness of ARM and experience of embedded system development is helpful, but not essential.

This class uses training materials developed by ARM®

Day 1

Introduction to the ARM Architecture

Architecture versions • Registers and instruction sets • Exception model • Memory model • Coprocessors • Architecture extensions 

ARM Tools Overview

ARM DS-5 • Tool Licensing • GNU and ABI • Debug Interfaces 

Assembler Programming for ARM Processors

Load/Store Instructions • Data Processing Instructions • Flow Control • Miscellaneous • DSP 

Exception Handling

Exceptions overview • Interrupts sources and priorities • Abort Handlers • SVC Handlers • Undef Handlers • Reset Handlers 

Day 2

ARM Caches and TCMs

Cache basics • Caches on ARM processors • Tightly Coupled Memory (TCM) • Optimization consideration 

Using the MPU

Memory Management Introduction • Access Permissions and Types • Memory Protection Unit (MPU) • Optimizations & Issues 

C/C++ Compiler Hints & Tips

Basic Compilation • Compiler Optimizations • Coding Considerations • Local and Global Data issues 

Linker & Libraries Hints & Tips

Linking Basics • System and User Libraries • Veneers and Interworking • Linker Optimizations and Diagnostics • ARM Supplied Libraries 

Debug and Profiling

Invasive Debug • Non-Invasive Debug • PMU • Trace 

Day 3

Software Engineers' Guide to the Cortex-R5

Introduction • Twin CPU support • L1 memory system • Error detection • Instruction set changes 

Further Compiler/Linker Hints & Tips

Mixing C/C++ and Assembler • Stack Issues • VFP/NEON • Advanced Building Facilities Embedded Software Development 

Embedded Software Development

An "Out-of-the-box" build • Tailoring the C library to your target • Tailoring image memory map to your target • Reset and Initialization • Further memory map considerations • Building and debugging your image 

Power Management for Cortex-A/R Cores

Processor Power Consumption • Power Modes • NEON and MPCore 

Debug and Trace

Debug Logic Overview • Debug Logic Features • Tools use of Debug Logic • Trace Logic Overview • Debug vs. Trace • System Level Debug Infrastructure • CoreSight Introduction CoreSight Debug • CoreSight Trace

The learning is reinforced with practical exercises using the GCC software development tool-chain and covers advanced topics such as Arm/Thumb2 assembly, writing low level device drivers, exception handlers and linker scripts.

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