Learn the Architecture

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Architecture fundamentals

  • Introducing the Arm Architecture

    This guide introduces the Arm architecture for anyone with an interest in it. No prior knowledge of the Arm architecture is needed, but a general familiarity with processors and programming and their terminologies is assumed.

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  • Armv8-A Instruction Set Architecture (ISA)

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    This guide introduces the A64 instruction set, used in the 64-bit Armv8-A architecture, also known as AArch64.

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  • Exception model

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    This guide introduces the exception and privilege model in Armv8-A.  This guide covers the different types of exceptions in the Arm architecture, and the behavior of the processor when it receives an exception.

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  • Armv8-A memory model

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    This guide introduces the memory model in Armv8-A. It begins by explaining where attributes that describe memory come from and how they are assigned to regions of memory. Then it introduces the different attributes that are available and explains the basics of memory ordering. 

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  • Understanding the Armv8.x extensions

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    This guide explains extensions to the Arm architecture and provides guidance on how to read and use them.

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Advanced features

Software Development