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ARM core,core extensions,co-processor and ARM processor types

This ARM tutorial covers ARM core, core extensions, co-processor and ARM processor types. Refer following pages for other ARM tutorial contents.

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The ARM Core

It has a load and store architecture. Separate instructions for Load( loading the registers from memory) & Store( storing the register contents into memory) are available. No direct data processing in memory.

Architecture can be Harvard( separate instruction & data bus) or Von-Newman(same instruction & data bus)

ARM core

ARM Core Extensions

•  Hardware extensions are standard components placed next to the ARM core.
•  Improve performance, manage resources, and provide extra.
•  Functionality and are designed to provide flexibility in handling particular applications.

What are ARM extensions

Cache and TCM
Memory management ( MPU & MMU) - prevents apps from in-appropriate access to hardware
Coprocessor interface

ARM core extensions

ARM core extensions with co-processor

Coprocessors can be attached to the ARM processor.

Extends the processing features of a core by extending the instruction set or by providing configuration reg-isters.

More than one coprocessor can be added to the ARM core via the coprocessor interface.

The coprocessor can be accessed through a group of dedicated ARM instructions that provide a load-store type interface. Consider, for example, coprocessor 15:

The ARM processor uses coprocessor 15 registers to control the cache, TCMs, and memory management.


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