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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

Selecting the Right Tools

The Cortex-M development tool ecosystem offers a wide variety of options for software developers. In the previous chapter, we spent time reviewing specific software development kits (SDKs), some of which contain development tools. In this chapter, we will look specifically into Cortex-M software development tools. The ultimate end goal for most microcontroller projects is to deliver high-quality, secure software applications, optimized for variables such as performance, power, or cost. Selecting helpful development tools is essential in reaching this final state.

Similar to the first two chapters, this chapter is intended as an overview of which tools are available to Cortex-M software developers. The benefits and drawbacks of different tools are presented for you to make an educated selection about the right set of tools for your specific project.

We start by first explaining the options available to run Cortex-M software during the development process...