Founded in November ▫ Spun out of Acorn Computers. ▫ Initial funding from Apple, Acorn and VLSI. ▫ Designs the ARM range of RISC processor cores. PDF | On Jul 5, , Leonid Ryzhyk and others published The ARM Architecture . ARM Architecture profiles. ▫ Application profile (ARMv7-A → e.g. Cortex-A8). ▫ Memory management support (MMU). ▫ Highest performance at low power.

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free, worldwide licence to use this ARM Architecture Reference Manual for the purposes of Updated for ARM architecture v5TE and corrections to Part B. ARM Architecture. Computer Organization and Assembly Languages p. g z. y g g. Yung-Yu Chuang with slides by Peng-Sheng Chen, Ville Pietikainen. ARM is a a bit RISC processor architecture currently being ing the ARM architecture to companies that want to manufacture ARM-based.

Narasimha MurthyPh. D yayavaram yahoo. In ARM Limitedwas established as a separate company specifically to widen the exploitation of ARM technologyand it is established as a market-leader for low-power and cost-sensitive embeddedapplications. The bit CISC microprocessors that were available in were slower than standard memoryparts.

They also had instructions that took many clock cycles to complete in some cases, manyhundreds of clock cycles , giving them very long interrupt latencies.

As a result of thesefrustrations with the commercial microprocessor offerings, the design of a proprietarymicroprocessor was considered and ARM chip was designed. The ARM family offers high performance for verylow-power consumption and gate count. Only load, store,and swap instructions can access data from memory.

This enablesseveral operations to take place simultaneously, and the processing, and memory systems tooperate continuously. In the three-stage pipeline the instructions are executed in three stages.

The three stage pipelined architecture of the ARM7 processor is shown in the above figure. Implementation size, performance, and verylow power consumption remain the key features in the development of the ARM devices.

Control over both the Arithmetic Logic Unit ALU and shifter in most data-processing instructions to maximize the use of an ALU and a shifter Auto-increment and auto-decrement addressing modes to optimize program loops Load and Store Multiple instructions to maximize data throughput Conditional execution of almost all instructions to maximize execution throughput.

There are three basic instruction sets for ARM. Thumb instructions operate with the standard ARM register configurations,enabling excellent interoperability between ARM and Thumb states.

This Thumb state is nearly2 3. This Thumb mode is used in embedded systems where memoryresources are limited. The ARM9 uses Harvard model. Though this will decrease the performance ofARM, it is overcome by the pipe line concept. This AMBA include two system buses: In addition to this the ARM also consists of a Program status register of 32 bits, Somespecial registers like the instruction register, memory data read and write register andmemory address register ,one Priority encoder which is used in the multiple load andstore instruction to indicate which register in the register file to be loaded or stored andMultiplexers etc.

ARM has a total of 37 registers. In which - 31 are general-purpose registersof bits, and six status registers.

But all these registers are not seen at once. The processorstate and operating mode decide which registers are available to the programmer. At any time,among the 31 general purpose registers only 16 registers are available to the user. The remaining15 registers are used to speed up exception processing.

CPSR and SPSR the current and saved program status registers, respectivelyIn ARM state the registers r0 to r13 are orthogonal—any instruction that you can apply to r0 youcan equally well apply to any of the other registers. The main bank of 16 registers is used by all unprivileged code.


These are the User moderegisters. User mode is different from all other modes as it is unprivileged. Register r13 is the sp register ,and it is used to store the address of the stack top. Register 14 is the Link Register LR. This register holds the address of the next instruction aftera Branch and Link BL or BLX instruction, which is the instruction used to make a subroutinecall.

It is also used for return address information on entry to exception modes. At all other times,R14 can be used as a general-purpose register.

Register 15 is the Program Counter PC. It can be used in most instructions as a pointer to theinstruction which is two instructions after the instruction being executed. The remaining 13 registers have no special hardware purpose. TheCPSR is a dedicated bit register and resides in the register file.

The CPSR is divided intofour fields, each of 8 bits wide: The extension and statusfields are reserved for future use. The control field contains the processor mode, state, andinterrupt mask bits. The flags field contains the condition flags. The bit CPSR register isshown below. There are seven processor modes. Six privileged modes abort, fast interruptrequest, interrupt request, supervisor, system, and undefined and one non-privileged modecalled user mode.

The processor enters abort mode when there is a failed attempt to access memory.

Fast interruptrequest and interrupt request modes correspond to the two interrupt levels available on the ARMprocessor. Supervisor mode is the mode that the processor is in after reset and is generally themode that an operating system kernel operates in. System mode is a special version of user modethat allows full read-write access to the CPSR. Undefined mode is used when the processorencounters an instruction that is undefined or not supported by the implementation.

User mode isused for programs and applications. Banked Registers: Out of the 32 registers , 20 registers are hidden from a program at differenttimes.

These registers are called banked registers and are identified by the shading in thediagram. When the T bit is 1, then the processor is in Thumb state. V, C , Z , N are the Condition flags.

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V oVerflow: Set if the result causes a signed overflowC Carry: Is set when the result causes an unsigned carryZ Zero: This bit is set when the result after an arithmetic operation is zero, frequently used to indicate equalityN Negative: This bit is set when the bit 31 of the result is a binary 1. Pipeline is the mechanism used by the RISC processor to execute instructions atan increased speed.

This pipeline speeds up execution by fetching the next instruction whileother instructions are being decoded and executed. During the execution of an instruction ,theprocessor Fetches the instruction. It means loads an instruction from memory. And decodes the6 7.

And the ARM 9 has five stage Pipe line architecture.

The three stage pipelining isexplained as below. To explain the pipelining ,let us consider that there are three instructions Compare, Subtract andAdd. This will improve thespeed of operation. This leads to the concept of parallel processing.

This pipeline example isshown in the following diagram. This in turn increases the performance. Oneimportant feature of this pipeline is the execution of a branch instruction or branching by thedirect modification of the PC causes the ARM core to flush its pipeline. Exceptions, Interrupts, and the Vector Table: Exceptions are generated by internal and external sources to cause the ARM processor to handlean event, such as an externally generated interrupt or an attempt to execute an Undefinedinstruction.

The processor state just before handling the exception is normally preserved so thatthe original program can be resumed after the completion of the exception routine. More thanone exception can arise at the same time. ARM exceptions may be considered in three groups1.

Exceptions generated as the direct effect of executing an instruction. Software interrupts,undefined instructions including coprocessor instructions where the requested coprocessor isabsent and prefetch aborts instructions that are invalid due to a memory fault occurring duringfetch come under this group. Exceptions generated as a side-effect of an instruction. Data aborts a memory fault during aload or store data access are in this group.

Exceptions generated externally, unrelated to the instruction flow. The ARM architecture supports seven types of exceptions. Undefined Instructioniii. Software Interrupt SWI iv.

Pre-fetch abort Instruction Fetch memory fault v.

Data abort Data access memory fault vi. IRQ normal Interrupt vii. FIQ Fast Interrupt request.

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When an Exception occurs , the processor performs the following sequence of actions: Each vector table entry contains a form ofbranch instruction pointing to the start of a specific routine.

Reset vector is the location of the first instruction executed by the processor when power isapplied. This instruction branches to the initialization code. Undefined instruction vector is used when the processor cannot decode an instruction. Software interrupt vector is called when you execute a SWI instruction. The SWI instruction isfrequently used as the mechanism to invoke an operating system routine. Pre-fetch abort vector occurs when the processor attempts to fetch an instruction from an addresswithout the correct access permissions.

The actual abort occurs in the decode stage. Data abort vector is similar to a prefetch abort but is raised when an instruction attempts toaccess data memory without the correct access permissions. Interrupt request vector is used by external hardware to interrupt the normal execution flow ofthe processor.

These aregrouped into different families based on the core. These families are based on the ARM7,9 The numbers 7, 9, 10, and 11 indicate different coredesigns.

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The ascending number indicates an increase in performance and sophistication. Though ARM 8 was introduced during , it is no more available in the market. Thefollowing table gives a brief comparison of their performance and available resources. The ARM7 core has a Von Neumann—style architecture, where both data and instructions use thesame bus.

The core has a three-stage pipeline and executes the architecture ARMv4T instructionset.

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It is currently a very popular core and isused in many bit embedded processors. The ARM9 family was released in It has five stage pipeline architecture. The extra stagesimprove the overall performance of the processor. The memory system has been redesigned tofollow the Harvard architecture, with separate data and instruction. Thisprocessor can be used by operating systems requiring virtual memory support. It is designed for use in small portable Java-enabled devices such as 3Gphones and personal digital assistants PDAs.

The ARM10 was released in It extends the ARM9 pipeline to six stages. It incorporates an eight-stagepipeline with separate load store and arithmetic pipelines. A brief comparison of different ARM families is presented below. Hz 8x32 0. Hz 8x32 1. Hz 16x32 1. ARM instructions commonly take two or three operands. For example ,the ADD instruction adds the two values stored in registers r1 and r2 the sourceregisters.

It stores the result to register r3 the destination register. ADD r3, r1, r2ARM instructions are classified into data processing instructions, branch instructions, load-storeinstructions, software interrupt instruction, and program status register instructions.

Data Processing Instructions: The data processing instructions manipulate data within registers. They are move instructions,Arithmetic instructions, logical instructions, comparison instructions, and multiply instructions. Most data processing instructions can process one of their operands using the barrel shifter.

Data processing instructions are processed within the arithmetic logic unit ALU. Handler mode always uses MSP and works in privileged level.

Instruction set[ edit ] The original and subsequent ARM implementation was hardwired without microcode , like the much simpler 8-bit processor used in prior Acorn microcomputers. The bit ARM architecture and the bit architecture for the most part includes the following RISC features: No support for unaligned memory accesses in the original version of the architecture.

Later, the Thumb instruction set added bit instructions and increased code density. Mostly single clock-cycle execution. To compensate for the simpler design, compared with processors like the Intel and Motorola , some additional design features were used: Conditional execution of most instructions reduces branch overhead and compensates for the lack of a branch predictor.

Arithmetic instructions alter condition codes only when desired.

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Has powerful indexed addressing modes. A link register supports fast leaf function calls. A simple, but fast, 2-priority-level interrupt subsystem has switched register banks.This flash memory can be used for both data storage as well as code. MHz 1. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. An exclusive architectural plan of ARM7 is called as Thumb, and it is perfectly suitable for high volume applications where the compactness of code is a matter The ARM7 also uses an exclusive architecture namely Thumb.

The architectural simplicity of ARM processors leads to very small implementations, and small implementations mean devices can have very low power consumption. It convinced the Acorn engineers that they were on the right track.