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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

Understanding development environments

Development environment is another overused term in the industry. It has a different connotation in website development—referring to server levels intended for development, testing, and deployment—and is often conflated with an IDE. For the purposes of this book, we define your development environment to simply be the software environment where you work, the substrate through which you develop your product. It can be best understood through examples, and we can helpfully break down different development environments into three main categories.

The first is a local environment, such as a PC running a standard OS (Linux, Mac, or Windows). The second is a virtual environment—for example, Docker or VirtualBox. The third is a cloud environment, such as AWS or the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). This section breaks down the key considerations when selecting one of these types of development environments.

This is a decision often...