ARM.SoC.Architecture

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Unformatted text preview: es the Advanced Microprocessor Bus Architecture address and what problem does the ARM reference peripheral specification address? How might they be related? Sketch a system development plan for an embedded system chip showing at which stage the ARMulator, AMBA, the reference peripheral specification, Embed-dedlCE and JTAG are (i) designed into the chip, and/or (ii) used to assist in the development process. Exercise 8.1.4 ARM Processor Cores Summary of chapter contents An ARM processor core is the engine within a system that fetches ARM (and possibly Thumb) instructions from memory and executes them. ARM cores are very small, typically occupying just a few square millimetres of chip area. Modern VLSI technology allows a large number of additional system components to be incorporated on the same chip. These may be closely related to the processor core, such as cache memory and memory management hardware, or they may be unrelated system components such as signal processing hardware. They may even include further ARM processor cores. Among all of these components the processor cores stand out as being the most densely complex components which place the greatest demand on software development and debugging tools. The correct choice of processor core is one of the most critical decisions in the specification of a new system. In this chapter the principal current ARM processor core products are described. They offer a choice of cost, complexity and performance points from which the most effective solution can be selected. Many applications require the processor core to be supported by closely coupled cache and memory management subsystems. A number of standard configurations combining these components are described in Chapter 12, 'ARM CPU Cores', on page 317. Further ARM-compatible processor cores are described in Chapter 14, The AMULET Asynchronous ARM Processors', on page 374. These processor cores are research prototypes and not yet commercial products. 247 248 ARM Processor Cores 9.1 ARM7TDMI The ARM7TDMI is the current low-end ARM core and is widely used across a range of applications, most notably in many digital mobile telephones. It evol...
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