ARM Cortex-R4 Hardware Design

ARM Private Training Course


This course is designed for hardware engineers designing systems based around the ARM Cortex-R4 processor core. Including an introduction to the ARM product range and supporting IP, the course covers the ARM core range, programmer's model, instruction set architecture and AMBA on-chip bus architecture. The Cortex-R4 debug architecture is also covered. The course includes a number of worked examples to reinforce the lecture material.


  • 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 SoC's around the ARM Cortex-R4 processor core.


4 days


  • Architecture ARMv7-A/R Overview
  • ARMv7-A/R Applications Level Programmer's Model
  • ARMv7-A/R System Level Programmer
  • ARMv7-A/R Memory Model
  • ARMv7-R Protected Memory System Architecture
  • ARMv7-A/R Exceptions
  • Micro-Architecture: Pipelines
  • Micro-Architecture: Memory
  • AXI-Protocol
  • Cortex-R4 Overview
  • Cortex-R4 Processor Core
  • Cortex-R4 L1 Sub-Systems
  • Cortex-R4 L2 Interfaces
  • Cortex-R4 Error Handling Schemes
  • Cortex-R4 Clocks, Resets & Power Management
  • Cortex-R4 Implementation
  • Cortex-R4 Initialization
  • Cortex-R4 Interrupts
  • Cortex-R4 and Vectored Interrupt Controller - PL192 (Optional)
  • Introduction to CoreSight
  • Cortex-R4 Invasive Debug
  • Cortex-R4 Non-invasive Debug
  • Cortex-R4 Integration
  • Level 2 Cache Controller - L2C-310
  • Generic Interrupt Controller - PL390
  • AHB Protocol
  • AXI Interconnection Architectures
  • NIC-301

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