ARM Cortex-M3/M4 System Design

ARM Public Training Course

Location Date
US - San Jose, CA February 23 - 26, 2015


This course is designed for those who are involved in designing systems based around the ARM Cortex-M3 or Cortex-M4 processor core. Including an introduction to the ARM product range and supporting IP, the course covers the Cortex-M3 core architecture, programmers' model, instruction set and bus architecture. The CoreSight debug architecture is also covered as relevant to the Cortex-M3/M4.


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


This course is intended for hardware design engineers who need to understand the issues involved when designing SoC's around the Cortex-M3/M4 processor core. It is also intended for software engineers developing for systems designed around the Cortex-M3/M4 core. The software development parts of this course refer to ARM development tools such as Keil MDK-ARM. However, much of this material is relevant to users of 3rd party ARM tools.


4 days


  • Introduction to ARM
  • Cortex-M3/M4 Introduction
  • Tools Overview for ARM Microcontrollers
  • v7-M Programmers Model
  • v7-M Assembly Programming
  • Cortex-M3/M4 Processor Core
  • Cortex-M4 Details (optional)
  • AHB-Lite
  • APB
  • Cortex-M3/M4 System Interfaces
  • SysTick Timer
  • ARMv7-M Exception Handling
  • Cortex-M3/M4 Clocks, Reset & Power
  • Cortex-M3/M4 Multi-processor Synchronization
  • Cortex-M3/M4 Memory Model
  • Cortex-M3/M4 Memory Protection Unit
  • Embedded Software Development
  • CMSIS Overview
  • Cortex-M3/M4 Implementation
  • Cortex-M3/M4 Debug and Trace Overview
  • Cortex-M3/M4 Debug
  • Cortex-M3/M4 Trace
  • ARMv7-M Compiler Hints and Tips
  • ARMv7-M Linker Hints and Tips
  • Cortex-M3/M4 Example System
  • Cortex-M System Design Kit

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