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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


Thankfully, microcontroller development boards are inexpensive, and it’s easy to try a variety of them. If you end up with the wrong CPU performance, not enough memory, or need another peripheral, it’s not difficult to do some more research and try another board.

In this chapter, we provided a survey of important factors to consider when selecting Cortex-M processors, microcontrollers, and development boards. We discussed several criteria for selecting a processor, ranging from use cases to power, performance, security, safety, and cost.

Finally, we proposed two development boards to use in future chapters for hands-on activities. Let us move into Chapter 2, Selecting the Right Software, where we will learn about the broad range of software available for Cortex-M microcontroller projects.