ARM.SoC.Architecture

Since the subroutine will often also require some

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Unformatted text preview: iting the visibility of the program counter as r15: SUB2 MOV pc, r14 ; copy r14 into r15 to return In fact the availability of the program counter as r15 means that any of the data processing instructions can be used to compute a return address, though the 'MOV' form is by far the most commonly used. Where the return address has been pushed onto a stack, it can be restored along with any saved work registers using a load multiple instruction: SUB1 STMFD SUB2 r13!, {r0-r2,r14}; save work regs & link BL LDMFD r13!, {r0-r2,pc} ; restore work regs & return Control flow instructions 67 Note here how the return address is restored directly to the program counter, not to the link register. This single restore and return instruction is very powerful. Note also the use of the stack view of the multiple register transfer addressing modes. The same stack model (in this case 'full descending', which is the most common stack type for ARM code) is used for both the store and the load, ensuring that the correct values will be collected. It is important that for any particular stack the same addressing mode is used for every use of the stack, unless you really know what you are doing. Supervisor calls Whenever a program requires input or output, for instance to send some text to the display, it is normal to call a supervisor routine. The supervisor is a program which operates at a privileged level, which means that it can do things that a user-level program cannot do directly. The limitations on the capabilities of a user-level program vary from system to system, but in many systems the user cannot access hardware facilities directly. The supervisor provides trusted ways to access system resources which appear to the user-level program rather like special subroutine accesses. The instruction set includes a special instruction, SWI, to call these functions, (SWI stands for 'Software Interrupt', but is usually pronounced 'Supervisor Call'.) Although the supervisor calls are implemented in sy...
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