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ETSI basic operations

The compilation tools support the original ETSI family of basic operations through intrinsics.

The original ETSI family of basic operations are described in the ETSI G.729 recommendation Coding of speech at 8 kbit/s using conjugate-structure algebraic-code-excited linear prediction (CS-ACELP).

To make use of the ETSI basic operations in your own code, include the standard header file dspfns.h. The intrinsics supplied in dspfns.h are listed in the following table.

Table 10-15 ETSI basic operations that the ARM compilation tools support

abs_s L_add_c L_mult L_sub_c norm_l
add L_deposit_h L_negate mac_r round
div_s L_deposit_l L_sat msu_r saturate
extract_h L_mac L_shl mult shl
extract_l L_macNs L_shr mult_r shr
L_abs L_msu L_shr_r negate shr_r
L_add L_msuNs L_sub norm_s sub

The header file dspfns.h also exposes certain status flags as global variables for use in your C or C++ programs. The status flags exposed by dspfns.h are listed in the following table.

Table 10-16 ETSI status flags exposed in the ARM compilation tools

Status flag Description

Overflow status flag.

Generally, saturating functions have a sticky effect on overflow.


Carry status flag.


#include <limits.h>
#include <stdint.h>
#include <dspfns.h>       // include ETSI basic operations
int32_t C_L_add(int32_t a, int32_t b)
    int32_t c = a + b;
    if (((a ^ b) & INT_MIN) == 0)
        if ((c ^ a) & INT_MIN)
            c = (a < 0) ? INT_MIN : INT_MAX;
    return c;
__asm int32_t asm_L_add(int32_t a, int32_t b)
    qadd r0, r0, r1
    bx lr
int32_t foo(int32_t a, int32_t b)
    int32_t c, d, e, f;
    Overflow = 0;         // set global overflow flag
    c = C_L_add(a, b);    // C saturating add
    d = asm_L_add(a, b);  // assembly language saturating add
    e = __qadd(a, b);     // ARM intrinsic saturating add
    f = L_add(a, b);      // ETSI saturating add
    return Overflow ? -1 : c == d == e == f; // returns 1, unless overflow
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