The Designer's Guide to the Cortex-M Processor Family
A Tutorial Approach
By Martin
Publisher: Elsevier / Newnes
Final Release Date: March 2013
Pages: 336

The Designer’s Guide to the Cortex-M Family is a tutorial-based book giving the key concepts required to develop programs in C with a Cortex M- based processor. The book begins with an overview of the Cortex- M family, giving architectural descriptions supported with practical examples, enabling the engineer to easily develop basic C programs to run on the Cortex- M0/M0+/M3 and M4. It then examines the more advanced features of the Cortex architecture such as memory protection, operating modes and dual stack operation. Once a firm grounding in the Cortex M processor has been established the book introduces the use of a small footprint RTOS and the CMSIS DSP library.

With this book you will learn:

  • The key differences between the Cortex M0/M0+/M3 and M4
  • How to write C programs to run on Cortex-M based processors
  • How to make best use of the Coresight debug system
  • How to do RTOS development
  • The Cortex-M operating modes and memory protection
  • Advanced software techniques that can be used on Cortex-M microcontrollers
  • How to optimise DSP code for the cortex M4 and how to build real time DSP systems


  • An Introduction to the Cortex microcontroller software interface standard (CMSIS), a common framework for all Cortex M- based microcontrollers
  • Coverage of the CMSIS DSP library for Cortex M3 and M4
  • An evaluation tool chain IDE and debugger which allows the accompanying example projects to be run in simulation on the PC or on low cost hardware
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