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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 covered the broad range of tools and software needed when developing Arm-based software. First, we analyzed software-centric and hardware-centric development platforms to execute code on. Next, we talked through the most common compiler toolchains and their components.

Thirdly, we explored different types of IDEs, some offered by Arm and others from around the Arm ecosystem. Lastly, we talked through different options for development environments—local, virtual, and cloud—in the context of interactive versus automated software development.

While there are many choices and choosing the right ones can seem overwhelming, this chapter should be a guide to selecting reasonable options for your project. If you end up not liking your pick, try something else the next time around. Newer ways of working are always being developed, especially innovation around cloud tools, so keep on the lookout for any emerging solutions.

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