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ARM7/9 SoC Design

Standard Level - 4 days

ARM7/9 SoC Design is a 4-day comprehensive class that introduces the current ARM architecture (ARM7, ARM9, ARM10 and ARM11) and their associated instruction sets. This course is only available for in-house training. 

In the second part of the class, the emphasis is on integration and verification of IP blocks in an existing ARM (AMBA) based system. 

The class familiarizes the delegates with the current ARM architectures ARM7, ARM9, ARM10 and ARM11, as well as the corresponding command sets ARM and Thumb. The core interfaces and AMBA interfaces will be explained in conjunction with integration and verification of IP blocks. You will find more detailed information in the structure and content part of this course description. 

The workshops are based around carefully designed exercises to reinforce and challenge the extent of learning, and comprise approximately 50% of class time. 

Hardware developers who wish to develop and verify System-on-Chip designs with ARM processors.

  • Introduction to the ARM processor architecture and pipelining
  • ARM7TDMI / ARM9TDMI / ARM9E-S / ARM10 / ARM11 processor core
  • Instruction set enhancements (v6)
  • ARM, Thumb and DSP instruction sets
  • ARM/Thumb interworking
  • RealView Developer Suite (RVDS)
  • Introduction to the AMBA 2.0 bus system (AHB, ASB, APB)
  • ARM cache architecture and cache launch
  • Embedded core debug
  • Different approaches to ARM system verification
  • Integration and verification of an IP block in an ARM (AMBA) system

An in-depth knowledge of microprocessors is not essential, but would be advantageous. However, all participants must be computer literate and should have a basic understanding a programming language, e.g. VHDL or C.

Please contact Doulos direct to discuss and assess your specific experience against the Pre-requisites. 

This class uses training materials developed by ARM®.

The ARM Architecture

Overview of ARM, registers, modes, exception handling, instruction sets, supporting technologies 

ARM Processor Core

ARM7TDMI and ARM9TDMI pipelines, datapaths and instruction decoding. Overview of ARM9E-S, ARM10, ARM11, StrongARM and XScale. 

Real View Developer Suite (RVDS) Overview

Compilers, Assembler, Linker, Codewarrior, Debuggers 

Real View Introductory Workbook

Practical work using RVDS 

ARM and Thumb Instruction Sets

Overview of the ARM and Thumb Instruction Sets. Includes practical work. 

ARM / Thumb Interworking

Mixing ARM and Thumb code in the same application 

EDA Models

Simulating the ARM, Modelgen, Co-verification 


The ARM on-chip bus architecture: AHB, ASB and APB 

ARM Debug Solutions

On-chip debug logic, breakpoints and watchpoints, debug communication channel, tools issues, system design considerations. EmbeddedICE-RT and RealMonitor. How to design-in and use ARM's Embedded Trace Module. 

System Design Considerations

Key points in designing an ARM-based system 

Other modules

e.g. ARM7TDMI-S, ARM926EJ-S ARM PrimeCall Vectored Interrupt Controller… 

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