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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

To get the most out of this book

We find the best way to learn a topic is to practice it. In the spirit of “learning by doing,” there are multiple examples in each chapter in Part 2. To make it as easy as possible for you to code along with us, we tried to select freely available software and tools where possible. We spread out examples through Linux and Windows environments, but in many cases, you will be able to use your OS of choice if the tools are supported.

Hardware boards are not free, but the same three platforms are used throughout the book to minimize the amount of hardware you need:

  • Raspberry Pi Pico
  • NXP LPC55S69-EVK
  • Arm Virtual Hardware

The first two boards are self-explanatory. The third option, Arm Virtual Hardware, is not a physical board. It is easily available online and is discussed and used in context at the start of Chapter 4.

If you are using the digital version of this book, we advise you to type the code yourself or access the code from the book’s GitHub repository (a link is available in the next section). Doing so will help you avoid any potential errors related to the copying and pasting of code.