ARM Cortex-A8 Hardware Design

ARM Private Training Course


This course is designed for those who are designing SOCs based around the ARM Cortex-A8 processor core. Including an introduction to the ARM product range and supporting IP, the course covers the ARM Cortex-A8 core and AXI on-chip bus architecture, integrated NEON SIMD vector processing unit, real-time trace solution, simulation models, programmer's model and instruction sets are also covered.


  • Some knowledge of embedded systems
  • Familiarity with digital logic and hardware/ASIC design issues
  • A basic awareness of ARM is useful but not essential


Hardware design engineers who need to understand the issues involved when designing SOCs around the ARM Cortex-A8 processor core.


4 days


  • The ARM Architecture and Processor Cores
  • ARM CPU Architectures
  • ARM Cortex-A8 Overview
  • Memory Sub-systems, Memory Management and Memory Access Behaviour
  • ARM Cortex-A8 and NEON Instruction Sets
  • AHB Protocol
  • AXI Protocol
  • AXI Interconnection Architectures
  • NIC-301 Network Interconnect
  • AMBA Designer
  • APB
  • Introduction to TrustZone
  • Introduction to IEM
  • ARM Cortex-A8 Processor Architecture
  • ARM Cortex-A8 L2 Memory System
  • NEON Processor Architecture
  • ARMv6 Memory Types
  • ARM Cortex-A8 Memory Management
  • ARM Cortex-A8 Exceptions
  • ARM Cortex-A8 Booting
  • ARM Cortex-A8 Debug and trace
  • CoreSight Design Kit for Cortex-A8
  • ARM Cortex-A8 Clocks, Resets and Power Management
  • ARM Cortex-A8 Implementation
  • ARM Cortex-A8 Interfaces
  • ARM Processor Simulation Models
  • NEON Coding Examples (optional)

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