ARM System Developer's Guide: Designing and Optimizing System Software

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Morgan Kaufmann, May 10, 2004 - Computers - 689 pages
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Over the last ten years, the ARM architecture has become one of the most pervasive architectures in the world, with more than 2 billion ARM-based processors embedded in products ranging from cell phones to automotive braking systems. A world-wide community of ARM developers in semiconductor and product design companies includes software developers, system designers and hardware engineers. To date no book has directly addressed their need to develop the system and software for an ARM-based system. This text fills that gap.

This book provides a comprehensive description of the operation of the ARM core from a developer’s perspective with a clear emphasis on software. It demonstrates not only how to write efficient ARM software in C and assembly but also how to optimize code. Example code throughout the book can be integrated into commercial products or used as templates to enable quick creation of productive software.

The book covers both the ARM and Thumb instruction sets, covers Intel's XScale Processors, outlines distinctions among the versions of the ARM architecture, demonstrates how to implement DSP algorithms, explains exception and interrupt handling, describes the cache technologies that surround the ARM cores as well as the most efficient memory management techniques. A final chapter looks forward to the future of the ARM architecture considering ARMv6, the latest change to the instruction set, which has been designed to improve the DSP and media processing capabilities of the architecture.

* No other book describes the ARM core from a system and software perspective.
* Author team combines extensive ARM software engineering experience with an in-depth knowledge of ARM developer needs.
* Practical, executable code is fully explained in the book and available on the publisher's Website.
* Includes a simple embedded operating system.

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One of the Best book i ever read.! Embedded concepts and ARM architecture was explained very nicely. I recommend to the this book for beginner as well as for advance developers.
I really appreciate Authors effort for presenting the details in very descriptive manner .

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The same book is on Amazon for $50.00 (electronic or hard copy). I would purchase this book, but it is not worth paying an extra $20.00.


Chapter 1 ARM Embedded Systems
Chapter 2 ARM Processor Fundamentals
Chapter 3 Introduction to the ARM Instruction Set
Chapter 4 Introduction to the Thumb Instruction Set
Chapter 5 Efficient C Programming
Chapter 6 Writing and Optimizing ARM Assembly Code
Chapter 7 Optimized Primitives
Chapter 8 Digital Signal Processing
Chapter 12 Caches
Chapter 13 Memory Protection Units
Chapter 14 Memory Management Units
Chapter 15 The Future of the Architecture
Appendix A ARM and Thumb Assembler Instructions
Appendix B ARM and Thumb Instruction Encodings
Appendix C Processors and Architecture
Appendix D Instruction Cycle Timings

Chapter 9 Exception and Interrupt Handling
Chapter 10 Firmware
Chapter 11 Embedded Operating Systems
Appendix E Suggested Reading

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Chris Wright is the author of "The Sufficient Community" (1997) and the founder and MD of a successful company for those with learning disabilities.

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