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The GIC-600 provides interrupt services and masking, registers and programming, interrupt grouping, security, performance monitoring, and error correction.

Interrupt services and masking

The GIC-600 provides the following interrupt services and masking features:

  • Support for the following interrupt types:
    • Up to 56000 LPIs. A peripheral generates these interrupts by writing to a memory-mapped register in the GIC-600. See Distributor configuration.
    • Up to 960 SPIs in groups of 32. See Distributor configuration.
    • Up to 16 PPIs that are independent for each core and can be programmed to support either edge-triggered or level-sensitive interrupts. See Redistributor configuration.
    • Up to 16 SGIs that are generated through the GIC CPU interface of a core.
  • Up to 16 ITS modules that provide device isolation and ID translation for message-based interrupts and enable virtual machines to program devices directly.
  • Interrupt masking and prioritization with 32 priority levels, five bits per interrupt.

Registers and programming

The GIC-600 provides the following programming features:

  • Flexible affinity routing, using the Multiprocessor Identification Register (MPIDR) addresses, including support for all four affinity levels.
  • Single ACE-Lite slave port on each chip for programming of all GIC Distributor (GICD) registers, GIC Interrupt Translation Service (GITS) registers, and GIC Redistributor (GICR) registers. Each ITS has an optional ACE-Lite slave port for programming the GITS_TRANSLATER register.
  • Coherent view of SPI register data across multiple chips.


The GIC-600 provides the following security features:

  • A global Disable Security (DS) bit. This bit enables support for systems without security.
  • The following interrupt groups allow interrupts to target different Exception levels:

    • Group 0.
    • Non-secure Group 1.
    • Secure Group 1.

    See Security for more information about security and groupings.


For more information about Exception levels, see the Arm® Architecture Reference Manual ARMv8, for ARMv8‑A architecture profile.

Performance monitoring

The GIC-600 provides the following performance monitoring features:

  • Performance Monitoring Unit (PMU) counters with snapshot functionality.

Error correction

The GIC-600 provides the following error correction features:

  • ARMv8.2 Reliability Accessibility Serviceability (RAS) architecture-compliant error reporting for:

    • Software access errors.
    • ITS command and translation errors.
    • Error Correcting Code (ECC) errors.
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