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The Insider's Guide to Arm Cortex-M Development

By : Zachary Lasiuk, Pareena Verma, Jason Andrews
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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

Introducing SDKs for Cortex-M

SDKs are collections of tools and software needed to get started quickly with a particular Cortex-M development board. SDKs come from a variety of sources including microcontroller vendors, board vendors, commercial or open source software (OSS) providers, cloud service providers (CSPs), and even CPU suppliers such as Arm.

The SDK concept is not exclusive to microcontroller development and can take many forms. The most common form of an SDK is a collection of software in the form of libraries, source code, and APIs. SDKs often include examples to help developers get started or learn how to use a service or hardware feature.

SDKs may or may not include software development tools. The core tools of a microcontroller software developer are the text editor, compiler, and debugger. These tools enable developers to navigate the inner loop of code, compile, run, and debug. Engineers have individual preferences for how they would like to mix a bundle of...