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ARM System Developer's Guide: Designing and Optimizing System Software (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design) Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-1558608740 ISBN-10: 1558608745 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design
  • Hardcover: 689 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (April 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558608745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558608740
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The ARM architecture has enabled a rich set of new applications on increasingly powerful wireless platforms. Media-rich applications such as 3D games, camera and videophones, location-based services and connected portable music and video devices are enabled by next generation CDMA phones executing on the ARM architecture.

Developing embedded software for these platforms requires a knowledge of the underlying architecture, and programming practices which balance power, cost and performance efficient. Sloss provides a comprehensive and practical guide to the development of "hardware aware" software which meets the demanding constraints of these applications. Highlighted with practical examples, and enhanced by a thorough treatment of topics such as ISRs, code optimization, and DSP on ARM, this book is essential for every embedded software and hardware engineer alike."

-J. Scott Runner, Senior Staff Engineer/Manager, Qualcomm CMDA Technologies, Qualcomm Inc.

"This book has a place on the desk of every engineer developing software for the ARM processor; it is a thorough introduction for newcomers, and a useful reference for the ARM expert.

The technical information in this book is aimed squarely at the software developer, you'll find advice on bringing a device up from a bare board, reference information describing the characteristics of all current ARM architectures, and many valuable tips for optimizing code running on ARM cores.

I have been using this book since reviewing the first draft, and can recommend it to anyone who wants the get the best out of their ARM Powered products."

-Peter Maloy, CodeSprite Inc.

"This book provides an excellent introduction to the ARM architecture. It describes important architectural features in detail. It also makes great use of examples to illustrate those features and put them in context."

-Wayne Wolf, Princeton University

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A comprehensive guide to one of the most popular architectures in the embedded systems and SOC industry.

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This book covers many aspects of programming the ARM familiy, including a surprisingly thorough discussion on fixed-point DSP computation.
E. Boks
The book is very well written and the language is easy to understand, as long as you have some basic knowledge about assembly language and C programming.
Dimitar
I especially enjoyed the book from chapter 9 til the end, where I learned quite a few things, and reviewed others that I had to learn the hard way.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful By JLC on March 14, 2005
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In the ARM tradition of charging for everything, the firmware guide by Sloss is easy to read, and comprehensive up to ARM10/StrongARM XScale/926/940. That said, the book looks like the notes from a firmware lecture delivered by an Arm Apps engineer. The book is strongest in coverage of MMU and cache, but weak on ARM11 (1136 only and as a final chapter) and essentially non-existent in Jazelle coverage. Nice features are the toy RTOS which appears early at reappears with more features (memory protection, and MMU, for example). That this book is so quickly out of date brings the point that MDR bulleted last year, that the ARM family needs birth control but that is a topic for another discussion. Sloss' book has 'non-commercial license' for all the sourcecode. huh? Regarding this book, Freescale for example publishes equivalent information (old ESS manuals) in the 860/8260 training manuals for free, on their website. If your company pays for your books, by all means have them get the sloss book for you it makes a great read on the john, but if you are a student or independent developer, you would be as well served by studying the ARM ARM and applicable ARM source code for U-Boot, Redboot and the L4 microkernel, or even Ed Sutter's book, with the added benefit that you would have a license to use the code in your project.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By lethalgambit on August 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There are many books on ARM's architecture or manual references. So far, this book is the only book which concentrates on the firmware development side. Both assembly language and C are discussed, which is a relief for embedded/firmware engineers like me who like to combine both languages in a project.
The 15 chapters in the book are:
1- ARM Embedded Systems
2- ARM Processor Fundamentals
3- Introduction to the ARM instruction set
4- Introduction to the Thumb instruction set
5- Efficient C Programming
6- Writing and Optimizing ARM assembly code
7- Optimized Primitives
8- Digital Signal Processing
9- Exception and Interrupt Handling
10- Firmware
11- Embedded Operating Systems
12- Cache
13- Memory Protection Units
14- Memory Management Units
15- The Future of the Architecture
The strength of this book lies on the extensive examples on how to program ARM effectively. It is a nice guide for those who want to learn ARM programming style.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Boks on April 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book covers many aspects of programming the ARM familiy, including a surprisingly thorough discussion on fixed-point DSP computation.

Having come from another architecture, this book really got me going on ARM. It complements the documentation manufacturers usually provide for their ARM chips in that it covers the ARM core much more in-depth.

The book discusses everything from register usage to memory management units. If you want to become an expert programmer in C/Assembly on ARM systems, you must buy this book.

Also included is a nice comparison of the ARM and Gnu assembler directives, which came in handy when I converted an ARM assembly file to the Gnu syntax.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stanislav Sedov on September 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Whether you're developing a small automotive application runned ARM7 or working on a real-time or timeshared operating system involving ARM platform this book is definitely a must-have desk guide. In this book you'll find a thorough description of modern ARM cores and their differences, hints and tips on managing caches and TLB mappings, working with MMU and MPU, handling exceptions and keeping the pipeline loaded by writing effective code. The book also covers ARM DSP extensions, THUMB instruction set and gives a handy list of heavily optimized primitives for common operations like arithmetics, bit operations and random numbers generation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Romaniuk on August 20, 2008
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The authors have done a wonderful job of taking something complicated and making it very simple, without dumbing it down. They explain why and how, and the material is well organized. There are useful reference tables scattered throughout. There is no attempt at humor, and I'm grateful for it.

Highlights include discussions about registers, Arm multiple load/store instructions, the Arm function calling convention, tactics for writing fast C and assembler, DSP implementation, memory management, and assembler code for things like division. The chapters on firmware and basic OS implementation each show a simple yet functional implementation.

My only complaint is that there's nothing practical in here about IO, not even JTAG. The authors have limited themselves to the ARM core only, perhaps because there are many differences between the microprocessors that use it. This makes the title a bit misleading - in my view a System Developer's Guide should have enough information so that you can at least write a "Hello World" program of some sort, even if it doesn't work on everybody's hardware.

So to do anything practical, you'll have to track down a lot more documentation for your specific microcontroller. Still, five stars for the clear, detailed information on the topics it does cover. I will certainly be using it as a reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Soon Yau Cheong on January 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Simply put, this is the must-have-book for any ARM programmer as I think this is the best or perhaps the only useful book of its kind available.

I like the chapter "Efficient C Programming" that tells you how to optimize your code in general and specifically for ARM architecture. However, I do not like the idea of making some complicated tricks in assembly language just to get rid of one instruction in a function. The working assembly code optimized for mathematics calculation and signal processing application could be valuable for those pursuing high computation power. The explanation of cache and MMU are very detailed and clear. Whereas the walkthrough on assembly language is quite an easy one.

However, it is quite a shame that less focus has been given to some general but essential features such as exception handling, bootloading and real time operating system. There was little or no word on the compilation, linking, tools, simulator which will be of great help for the user to kickstart an ARM project.

Some complained the lacking of information in ARM11 and later processor, well, that is reasonable if you take a look at the publishing date. Anyway, the content of this book is still relevant and useful for many ARM7/9-powered microprocessor being used in the market.
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