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The Insider's Guide to Arm Cortex-M Development

By : Zachary Lasiuk, Pareena Verma, Jason Andrews
Book Image

The Insider's Guide to Arm Cortex-M Development

By: Zachary Lasiuk, Pareena Verma, Jason Andrews

Overview of this book

Cortex-M has been around since 2004, so why a new book now? With new microcontrollers based on the Cortex-M55 and Cortex-M85 being introduced this year, Cortex-M continues to expand. New software concepts, such as standardized software reuse, have emerged alongside new topics including security and machine learning. Development methodologies have also significantly advanced, with more embedded development taking place in the cloud and increased levels of automation. Due to these advances, a single engineer can no longer understand an entire project and requires new skills to be successful. This book provides a unique view of how to navigate and apply the latest concepts in microcontroller development. The book is split into two parts. First, you’ll be guided through how to select the ideal set of hardware, software, and tools for your specific project. Next, you’ll explore how to implement essential topics for modern embedded developers. Throughout the book, there are examples for you to learn by working with real Cortex-M devices with all software available on GitHub. You will gain experience with the small Cortex-M0+, the powerful Cortex-M55, and more Cortex-M processors. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to practically apply modern Cortex-M software development concepts.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Part 1: Get Set Up
Part 2: Sharpen Your Skills

Streamlining with the Cloud

Software development for Cortex-M microcontrollers is steadily moving to the cloud. In this chapter, we will look at several current topics related to software development using the cloud. Historically, embedded software has lagged behind general-purpose software development when it comes to the adoption of new tools and methodologies. One cause is the conservative nature of embedded developers, which is understandable given the long life span of products requiring some stability. Another reason is that embedded software runs on microcontrollers that are not available in the cloud. Unlike general-purpose software, microcontroller software cannot run on general-purpose computers. Even with these limitations, the benefits of cloud development are becoming compelling for embedded Cortex-M projects.

The cloud is a common slang term referring to remote servers available over the internet and located in data centers around the world. With cloud computing, users...