ARM Cortex-A53 MPCore Software Development

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This training course covers the issues involved in developing software for platforms powered by ARMv8 processors.


  • Knowledge of the ARMv7-A Architecture
  • Familiarity embedded programming in C and assembler
  • Experience of embedded system development is an advantage


This course is aimed at software developers and system architects developing for systems powered by ARMv8 processors.  It is relevant for operating system development, device drivers, low-level coding and for application software.  The course assumes prior knowledge of the ARMv7-A architecture.


3+ days


Optional AArch32 Fundamentals:

For customers who require it, we are able to provide an overview of the ARMv7-A Architecture (AArch32) as part of the course.  This can be substituted for other modules in the course agenda.

Day 1-3

  • Cortex-A53 Processor Overview
  • Introduction to ARMv8-A
  • AArch64 A64 ISA Overview
  • A64 ISA Workbook
  • AArch64 Exception Model
  • ARMv8 Exception Model Workbook
  • ARMv8-A Memory Management
  • ARMv8-A Memory Model
  • Caches and Branch Prediction
  • MMU and Cache Initialization Workbook
  • Barriers
  • Synchronization
  • Cache Coherency
  • OS Support
  • Software Engineer Guide to the Cortex-A53
  • Booting 
  • Power Management for Cortex-A
  • Virtualization
  • Security
  • GIC Programming
  • Debug (Optional)

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