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The Definitive Guide To The ARM Cortex-M3, Second Edition

This user's guide does far more than simply outline the ARM Cortex-M3 CPU features; it explains step-by-step how to program and implement the processor in real-world designs. It teaches readers how to utilize the complete and thumb instruction sets in order to obtain the best functionality, efficiency, and reuseability. The author, an ARM engineer who helped develop the core, provides many examples and diagrams that aid understanding. Quick reference appendices make locating specific details a snap! Whole chapters are dedicated to: Debugging using the new CoreSight technologyMigrating effectively from the ARM7 The Memory Protection Unit Interfaces, Exceptions,Interrupts ...and much more!The only available guide to programming and using the groundbreaking ARM Cortex-M3 processor Easy-to-understand examples, diagrams, quick reference appendices, full instruction and Thumb-2 instruction sets are included T teaches end users how to start from the ground up with the M3, and how to migrate from the ARM7

Paperback: 479 pages

Publisher: Newnes; 2 edition (December 23, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 185617963X

ISBN-13: 978-1856179638

Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Despite other critical reviews, I bought the book and enjoyed reading it from beginning to end.I found it pretty informative. The book attempts to be a thorough exposition of the ARM Cortex-M3 from several perspectives: features, instruction set, usage scenarios and best practices. The book goes into a lot of detail on certain aspects such as the interrupt table setup and associated semantics. The book has a mixture of assembly and C examples, with occasional remarks on performance and code size. Finally, despite other reviewers, I enjoyed the comparisons with Cortex-M0, previous architectures (ARM7TDMI) plus porting considerations.The book does feel a bit repetitive in a few places such as the overlapping content on NVIC and its registers, interrupt table format, initialization, dynamic prioritization and enable/disable which is repeated across the book. The exposition on the instruction set could have been done better. Also in several occasions, the author's style was a bit cryptic and I felt that he didn't go far enough in clarity (for example in explaining certain instructions, or in 12.6 FAULTMASK explanation - what is its parameter? Usage cases?). I also noticed a few typos, but these are rather rare.Hence four stars instead of five. I still gave four stars as I still feel that the book feels solid and well-written overall.For the next edition, I would suggest the author to revise the clarity of some of its expository text (give some reason on the "why" not just "how") maybe attempt to eliminate the redundancy, and, of course, the necessary mention of Cortex-M4 (which is not that different than M3) and possibly add comparisons with M0+ which borrows a few things from M3P.S.

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