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Using the Arm Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), you can write software or firmware that any Arm-based processor will execute in the same way, if that software or firmware conforms to the Arm specifications. In this guide, we introduced the A64 instruction set, which is used in Armv8-A AArch64. We introduced the format of the instructions, the different types of instruction, and how code written in assembler can interact with compiler-generated code. We explained the main classes of instructions, the syntax of data-processing instructions, and how the use of W and X registers affects instructions.

Based on the material learned in this guide, you can explain how generated assembler code maps to C statements when given a C program and compiler output, and how to write a function in assembler that can be called from C.  You will also understand how to find detailed descriptions for each instruction on the Arm Developer website, and concepts such as registers, data processing, program flow, and loads and stores.

To keep learning about the Armv8-A architecture, see more in our series of guides.

To check your knowledge of A64 assembler, try the ISA lab exercises (coming soon). The lab exercises require the Arm DS-5, Ultimate Edition. A 30-day evaluation version is available and can be used to complete the exercises.

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