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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


This chapter provided a broad set of resources for software developers looking to implement CI in Cortex-M-embedded projects. We discussed the values of utilizing automated testing first, noting how they outweigh the temporary drawbacks in terms of setup time. Then, we investigated how embedded developers, targeting custom hardware devices, have added constraints when setting up a CI pipeline in contrast with traditional website developers.

The last part of the chapter detailed three ways to implement automated testing with the identified constraints in mind. We started with a simple example suitable for individual and small projects: a straightforward script that automatically runs some builds and tests when executed. The second example represented the more traditional approach embedded software teams implement: large board farms connected to an on-prem server that runs a build and test suite on a code commit. The final example showcased the cutting-edge, scalable approach...