Cortex-M23

The Cortex-M23 processor is the smallest and most energy-efficient implementation of the Armv8-M architecture.

Block Diagram on Cortex-M23.

Getting Started

The Cortex-M23 processor is a very compact, two-stage pipelined processor that supports the Armv8-M baseline instruction set. The Cortex-M23 with TrustZone is the ideal processor for the most constrained embedded applications where security is a key requirement. 

TrustZone for Armv8-M provides hardware-enforced isolation between the trusted and the untrusted resources on the Cortex-M23 device, while maintaining the efficient exception handling and determinism that have been the hallmark of all Cortex-M processors. 

Everything you need to know about TrustZone for Armv8-M is here.


Specifications

Architecture Armv8-M Baseline (Von Neumann)
ISA Support Thumb/Thumb-2 subset
Pipeline Two-stage
TrustZone Optional TrustZone for Armv8-M
Memory Protection Optional Memory Protection Unit (MPU) with up to 16 regions per security state
Interrupts Non-maskable Interrupt (NMI) and up to 240 physical interrupts with 4 priority levels
Wake-up Interrupt Controller Optional for waking up the processor from state retention power gating or when all clocks are stopped
Sleep Modes Integrated WFI and WFE Instructions and Sleep On Exit capability
Sleep & Deep Sleep Signals
Enhanced Instructions Hardware single-cycle (32x32) multiply and fast (32/32) divide option
Debug Optional JTAG or Serial Wire Debug ports, up to 4 Breakpoints and 4 Watchpoints
Trace Optional Micro Trace Buffer (MTB) or Embedded Trace Macrocell (ETM)

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Characteristics

Performance efficiency 2.50 CoreMark/MHz* and 0.98 DMIPS/Mhz**.

Arm Cortex-M23 implementation data at 40LP (9-track, typical 1.1v, 25°C)
  No TrustZone
With TrustZone
Dynamic Power
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* Preliminary data.
** Preliminary data, abides by all of the ground rules laid out in the Dhrystone documentation.


  • Manual containing technical information.
  • Cortex-M23 Technical Reference Manual

    For system designers, integrators and testers, the Technical Reference Manual (TRM) provides details of the Cortex-M23 processor.

    Read here
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  • White Paper: Armv8-M Architecture

    Download this White Paper to get a technical overview of the Armv8-M architecture and an introduction to TrustZone security technology.

    Read here
  • A program that is running on a desktop.
  • White Paper: Cortex-M for beginners

    This White Paper compares the features of various Cortex-M processors and describes how to select the right processor for the application.

    Read here
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  • Embedded Development Tools for Cortex-M Series

    Arm and its ecosystem partners provide a wide range of tools for embedded software development on Arm Cortex-M processors.

    Learn more

Cortex-M Comparison Table

Feature  Cortex-M0 Cortex-M0+ Cortex-M1 Cortex-M23 Cortex-M3 Cortex-M4  Cortex-M33 Cortex-M35P  Cortex-M7 
Instruction set architecture  Armv6-M Armv6-M
Armv6-M
Armv8-M Baseline 
Armv7-M Armv7-M
Armv8-M Mainline
Armv8-M Mainline
Armv7-M
Thumb, Thumb-2  Thumb, Thumb-2
Thumb, Thumb-2
Thumb, Thumb-2
Thumb, Thumb-2
Thumb, Thumb-2
Thumb,
Thumb-2
Thumb,
Thumb-2
Thumb,
Thumb-2
DMIPS/MHz range*
0.87-1.27  0.95-1.36  0.8
0.99  1.25-1.89  1.25-1.95  1.5  1.5  2.14-3.23
CoreMark®/MHz**
2.33 2.46  1.85
2.5 3.34 3.42  4.02 4.02 5.01
Pipeline stages
Memory Protection Unit (MPU)  No  Yes (option) No  Yes (option)
(2 x) 
Yes (option)  Yes (option)  Yes (option)
(2 x) 
Yes (option)
(2 x) 
Yes (option) 
Maximum MPU regions  16  16  16  16 
Trace (ETM or MTB)  No  MTB (option)  No  MTB (option) or 
ETMv3 (option) 
ETMv3 (option)  ETMv3 (option)  MTB (option) and/or
ETMv4 (option) 
MTB (option) and/or
ETMv4 (option) 
ETMv4 (option)
DSP  No  No  No  No  No Yes  Yes (option) Yes (option)  Yes 
Floating point hardware  No No  No  No  No Yes (option SP) Yes (option SP)  Yes (option SP)  Yes
(option SP + DP) 
Systick Timer
Yes (option)  Yes (option)  Yes (option)  Yes (2 x)  Yes Yes Yes (2 x) Yes (2 x) Yes
Built-in Caches  No No No  No No No No  Yes (option 2- 16kB Yes (option 4-64kB 
 I-cache I-cache, D -cache) 
Tightly Coupled Memory  No  No  Yes  No  No  No  No  No  Yes
(option 0-16MB
I-TCM/D-TCM) 
TrustZone for Armv8-M
No No No Yes (option)  No  No  Yes (option) Yes (option)  No 
Co-processor interface  No  No  No  No  No  No  Yes (option)  Yes (option)  No 
Bus protocol
AHB Lite  AHB Lite, Fast I/O  AHB Lite  AHB5, Fast I/O  AHB Lite, APB   AHB Lite, APB  AHB5  AHB5 AXI4, AHB Lite, APB, TCM
Wake-up interrupt controller support
Yes Yes  No  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Integrated interrupt controller
Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes Yes  Yes 
Maximum # external interrupts
32  32  32  240  240  240  480 480 240  
Hardware divide  No No  No  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes Yes 
Single cycle multiply
Yes (option) Yes (option)  No  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
CMSIS Support
Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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