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Main Processor

Using this book This book is organized into the following chapters: There are implementation-specific differences. Chapter 4 Global timer, private timers, and watchdog registers Read this for a description of the Cortex-A9 MPCore timer and watchdog registers.

Chapter 5 Clocks, Resets, and Power Management Read this for a description of the clocking modes and the reset signals. This chapter also describes the power management facilities. Typographical conventions Timing diagrams Signals on page viii.

Typographical conventions The typographical conventions are: Highlights interface elements, such as menu names. Also used for terms in descriptive lists, where appropriate.

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Denotes language keywords when used outside example code. Timing diagrams The figure named Key to timing diagram conventions on page viii explains the components used in timing diagrams. Variations, when they occur, have clear labels.

You must not assume any timing information that is not explicit in the diagrams. Shaded bus and signal areas are undefined, so the bus or signal can assume any value within the shaded area at that time. The actual level is unimportant and does not affect normal operation. Signal level Lower-case n The level of an asserted signal depends on whether the signal is active-high or active-low. At the start or end of a signal name denotes an active-low signal.

Additional reading This section lists publications by ARM and by third parties. See Corte-xa9, for access to ARM documentation. ARM publications This book contains information that is specific to this product. See the following documents for other relevant information: Feedback on this product If you have any comments or suggestions about this product, contact your supplier and give: The product revision or version.

An explanation with as much information as you can provide. Include symptoms and diagnostic procedures if appropriate. Feedback on content If you have comments on content then send an to Give: ARM also welcomes general suggestions for additions and improvements. A set of private memory-mapped peripherals, including a global timer, and a watchdog and private timer for each Cortex-A9 processor present in the cluster.

An integrated Interrupt Controller that is an implementation teechnical the Generic Interrupt Controller architecture.

ARM recommends you implement uniform configurations for software ease of use. The major options are: See Configurable options on corteex-a9 Figure on page shows an example multiprocessor configuration.

In this configuration, an SCU is still provided. The ACP, and an additional master port, are still available as configuration options.

It does not duplicate information from these sources ARM architecture The Cortex-A9 processor implements the ARMv7-A architecture profile that includes the following architecture extensions: Includes support for floating-point operations.

If this option is implemented then the FPU option cannot also be implemented. See Parity error signals on page A for a description of the signals. Memory regions used for these registers must be marked as Device or Strongly-ordered in the translation tables. Access to the private memory region is little-endian only. The Cortex-A9 MPCore processor also provides a separate interrupt interface, with a configurable number of interrupts lines, up toconnected to its internal Interrupt Controller.

With the exception of a few debug configuration signals, the debug interfaces of the individual Cortex-A9 processors are presented externally so that each processor can be debugged independently.

To be kept coherent, the memory must be ,anual as Write-Back, Shareable, Normal memory. Note When the Shareable attribute is applied to a memory region that is not Write-Back Normal reefrence, data held in this region is treated as Technicsl Registers with multiprocessor uses The following registers, described in the Cortex-A9 TRM, have multiprocessor uses.


See Additional reading on page viii for more information about the books described in this section. For information on the relevant architectural standards and protocols, see Compliance on page Documentation Design flow The Cortex-A9 MPCore documentation is as follows: It is required at all stages of the design flow.

The choices made in the design flow can mean that some behavior described in the TRM is not relevant.

Before it can be used in a product, it must go through the following processes: Implementation The implementer configures and synthesizes the RTL to produce a hard macrocell. This might include integrating RAMs into the design. Integration The integrator connects the implemented design into a SoC. This includes connecting it to a memory system and peripherals.

Programming This is the last process. The system programmer develops the software required to configure and initialize the Cortex-A9 MPCore processor, and tests the required application software. For MCUs, often a single design team integrates the processor before synthesizing the complete design. Alternatively, the team can synthesise the processor on its own or partially integrated, to produce a macrocell that is then integrated, possibly by a separate team.

Build configuration The implementer chooses the options that affect how the RTL source files are pre-processed. These options usually include or exclude logic that affects one or more of the area, maximum frequency, and features of the resulting macrocell. Configuration inputs The integrator configures some features of the Cortex-A9 MPCore processor by tying inputs to specific values.

These configurations affect the start-up behavior before any software configuration is made. They can also limit the options available to the software. Software configuration The programmer configures the Cortex-A9 MPCore processor by programming particular values into registers. Note This manual refers to implementation-defined features that are applicable to build configuration options. Reference to a feature that is included means that the appropriate build and pin configuration options are selected.

Reference to an enabled feature means one that has also been configured by software. The differences between the two revisions are: Neither of these changes affect the functionality described in this document. In r1p0 there is a global timer. See About the Global Timer on page Conditions for coherent snoop for ACP requests amended. See Table on page See Clocks on page Change to the behavior of the comparators for each processor with the global timer. The SCU functions are to: All SCU registers are byte accessible and are reset by nscureset.

This register is writable if the relevant bits in the SAC are set. Usage constraints This register is writable in Secure state if the relevant bit in the SAC register is set. Configurations Available in all Cortex-A9 multiprocessor configurations.