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Heap1, standard heap implementation

Heap1, the default implementation, implements the smallest and simplest heap manager. The heap is managed as a single-linked list of free blocks held in increasing address order. The allocation policy is first-fit by address.

This implementation has low overheads, but the performance cost of malloc() or free() grows linearly with the number of free blocks. The smallest block that can be allocated is four bytes and there is an additional overhead of four bytes. If you expect more than 100 unallocated blocks ARM recommends that you use Heap2.

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