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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


In this chapter, we first looked at the two main software types ported to Cortex-M microcontrollers—bare-metal and RTOS. We examined several different software libraries specialized for DSP, ML, and security applications.

We then walked through a few different use cases for microcontroller applications and highlighted the software stack most applicable for that use case. Finally, we introduced what SDKs are, their main features, and how they can help accelerate your Cortex-M software development.

To sum up, we have looked at a wide variety of software available for Cortex-M microcontroller applications. Thankfully, there is a large ecosystem of both commercial software and OSS available to use, which makes development easier and helps to create performance-optimized applications.

Next up is Chapter 3, Selecting the Right Tools, the last chapter of this part, where we will navigate through the assortment of tools and environments that enable Cortex-M software...