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ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore SoC Design

Standard Level - 4 days

Arm® Cortex®-A9 MPCore SoC Design is a 4-day class for system and hardware engineers developing systems based around the latest high-end ARM core (ARM Cortex-A9 single or multi core MP).

The class covers the new instruction sets - Thumb-2 and -VFPv3 and the NEON extentions are described through implementation examples.

The course covers the AXI bus protocol, including the PL301 high performance matrix. The course also explains the new CoreSight debug specification, particularly invasive debug, non invasive debug and Cross-Triggering Matrix.

Who should attend?

System design and hardware design engineers who need to understand the issues involved when designing SoC's around the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore.


Some knowledge of embedded systems and familiarity with digital logic and hardware/ASIC design issues. A basic awareness of ARM is useful but not essential.

Training materials

This class uses training materials developed by ARM®


Day 1: ARM Architecture

  • The ARM Architecture
  • Cortex-A9 Instruction Sets
  • ARM v4T
  • ARM v6
  • ARM v7-A
  • Memory
  • ARM v6 Memory Types
  • Memory Management
  • ARMv6 VMSA
  • Exception Handling
  • Introduction to TrustZone


Day 2: System Fabric & µArchitecture

  • CPU Architectures
  • Memory Sub-systems
  • Introduction to SMP & MESI
  • Introduction to IEM
  • AXI Protocol
  • AXI Interconnection Architectures
  • PL301
  • AMBA Designer
  • APB


Day 3: Cortex-A9 and Cortex-A9 MPCore

  • Cortex-A9 MPCore Overview
  • Cortex-A9 Processor Core
  • Cortex-A9 L1 Sub-Systems
  • Cortex-A9 MPCore Sub-systems
  • Cortex-A9 MPCore L2 Interfaces
  • Cortex-A9 MPCore Configuration & Deployment
  • Reference Methodologies Overview
  • Cortex-A9 MPCore Clocks, Resets & Power Management
  • Cortex-A9 Memory Management


Day 4: Cortex-A9 and Cortex-A9 MPCore

  • Cortex-A9 MPCore Interrupt Controller
  • Initializing Cortex-A9 MPCore based Systems
  • L2CC - PL310
  • Introduction to CoreSight
  • Cortex-A9 Invasive Debug
  • Cortex-A9 Non-Invasive Debug
  • Cortex-A9 MPCore Integration

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