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 Interrupt Management in Distributed Virtualized Systems

Arm GIC provides a scalable high-performance interrupt delivery to virtual machines in multi-chiplet/socket platforms to enable powerful infrastructure SoCs.

Optimized for Virtualization

Arm offers a high-performance path for accelerator interrupts to be delivered to virtual machines.

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 CoreLink GIC-600AE and MMU-600AE, designed to enable high-performance systems for automotive use cases, targeting ASIL B to ASIL D safety integrity levels.

CoreLink Generic Interrupt Controller Family

CoreLink GIC-700
CoreLink GIC-700

A GICv4.1 compliant interrupt controller, the GIC-700 hardware accelerates virtual interrupts to be delivered to virtual machines providing significant system performance improvement over Arm CoreLink GIC-600.

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CoreLink GIC-600AE
CoreLink GIC-600AE

Software compatible with GIC-600 and additional safety features targeting ASIL B to ASIL D systems, including fault management units for error detection and reporting. The CoreLink GIC-600AE is part of the Arm 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.

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CoreLink GIC-400
CoreLink GIC-400

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

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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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