By Steve Furber
The way forward for the pc and communications industries is converging on cellular details appliances - telephones, PDAs, laptops and different units. The ARM is on the center of this pattern, top the way in which in system-on-chip (SoC) improvement and changing into the processor middle of selection for lots of embedded purposes.
System-on-chip know-how is altering the way in which we use desktops, however it additionally units designers the very hard challenge of having a fancy SoC layout correct first time. ARM System-on-Chip structure introduces the suggestions and methodologies hired in designing a system-on-chip dependent round a microprocessor center, and in designing the center itself. large illustrations, in keeping with the ARM, provide useful substance to the layout ideas set out within the booklet, reinforcing the reader's knowing of ways and why SoCs and microprocessors are designed as they're.
ARM System-on-Chip Architecture:
- offers and discusses the foremost problems with system-on-chip layout, together with reminiscence hierarchy, caches, reminiscence administration, on-chip buses, on-chip debug and construction try
- offers an summary of the ARM processor family members, permitting the reader to determine which ARM is healthier for the task in hand
- describes the ARM and Thumb programming types, allowing the clothier to start to increase functions
- covers the entire newest ARM items and advancements, together with StrongARM, the ARM9 and ARM10 sequence of cores, and the ARM-based SoC elements on the center of Ericsson's Bluetooth expertise, the Psion sequence five PDA and Samsung's SGH2400 GSM handset
- comprises info at the AMULET asynchronous ARM cores and the AMULET3H asynchronous SoC subsystem
ARM System-on-Chip structure is a necessary guide for system-on-chip designers utilizing ARM processor cores and engineers operating with the ARM. it will probably even be used as a path textual content for undergraduate and masters scholars of desktop technological know-how, machine engineering and electric engineering.
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ARM System-on-Chip Architecture (2nd Edition) by Steve Furber