R-Profile Architectures

The Arm Real-time profile (R-profile) architecture provides high-performing processors for time-sensitive and safety-critical environments.


Versions of the R-profile architecture include Armv8-R, and Armv7-R.


The Armv8-R architecture is the latest generation Arm architecture targeted at the real-time profile. It introduces virtualization at the highest security level while retaining the Protected Memory System Architecture (PMSA) based on a memory protection unit (MPU).


Major Features for Engineers in Armv8-R


The Armv8-R architecture introduces a number of features that allow you to design and implement high-performing processors for safety-critical environments. These include:


  • No overlapping memory regions.
  • New exception model compatible with the Armv8-A model.
  • Virtualization with support for guest operating systems.
  • Optionally, support for double-precision floating-point and advanced SIMD.


Armv8-R AArch64 is the latest R-Profile architecture that adds 64-bit execution capability and up to 48-bit physical addressing to the classic Arm real-time processor architecture. It includes optional Arm Neon technology, an advanced Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) architecture extension to significantly accelerate machine learning (ML) workloads. For improved security, the Armv8-R AArch64 supports three Exception Levels (ELs) for compatibility with TrustZone-based systems.


The Armv7-R architecture implements a traditional Arm architecture with multiple modes and supports a Protected Memory System Architecture (PMSA) based on a memory protection unit (MPU). It supports the Arm (32) and Thumb (T32) instruction sets.


Architectural extensions


This architecture supports several extensions. These are:


  • Multiprocessing Extensions. These are an optional set of extensions that provide a set of features that enhance multiprocessing functionality.
  • Generic Timer Extension. This is an optional extension that provides a system timer and a low-latency register interface to it.
  • Performance Monitors Extension. This extension defines a recommended performance monitors implementation and reserves register space for performance monitors.

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