Boost Processor Efficiency and Support Interrupt Virtualization

A Generic Interrupt Controller (GIC) is an exclusive block of IP that performs critical interrupt management, prioritization and routing. GICs are primarily used for boosting processor efficiency and supporting interrupt virtualization. Arm has several generic interrupt controllers that provide a range of interrupt management solutions for all types of Arm Cortex multiprocessor systems.

Features and Benefits
Designed for Powerful Infrastructures

Arm provides a scalable high performance coherent backplane IP to enable partners to build more powerful infrastructure SoCs from edge to cloud. 

Optimized for Virtualization

Arm offers a high-performance path to memory and enables heterogeneous solutions that blend compute and acceleration providing the optimal platform for virtualization workload. 

Linux Support

Arm CoreLink SMMU and GIC are supported on the main open source Linux platform and the latest architecture provides further enhancement to IO virtualization.

Automotive Safety Ready

Arm offers automotive enhanced GIC and SMMU, designed to enable high performance systems, targeting ASIL B to ASIL D safety integrity levels.

CoreLink Generic Interrupt Controller Family

Software compatible with GIC-600 and additional safety features targeting ASIL B to ASIL D systems including fault management unit for error detection and reporting. The CoreLink GIC-600AE is part of Arm’s Safety Ready program

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CoreLink GIC-600
CoreLink GIC-600

Detects, manages, virtualizes and distributes interrupts for Armv8.0-A processors. Configurable up to 512 processor threads per chip, up to 16 chips and 960 shared interrupts.

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CoreLink GIC-500
CoreLink GIC-500

Detects, manages, virtualizes and distributes interrupts for Armv8.0-A processors. Configurable up to 128 single-threaded cores and 960 shared interrupts.

Technical Reference Manual
CoreLink GIC-400
CoreLink GIC-400

Detects, manages and virtualizes interrupts for Armv7 processors. Configurable up to 8 cores and 480 shared interrupts.

Technical Reference Manual
Use Cases
Where Innovation and Ideas Come to Life


Arm technology is used in various applications throughout the car including Advanced driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving.


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GIC Resources

Everything you need to know to make the right decision for your project. Includes technical documentation, industry insights, and where to go for expert advice.




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