Reliable programming in ARM assembly language

by Greg Davis, Green Hills Software , TechOnline India - November 16, 2010

Sometimes it's necessary to use both assembly and high-level programming languages when working in the ARM architecture. This paper from ARM TechCon explains why and how.

Sometimes it's necessary to use both assembly and high-level programming languages when working in the ARM architecture. This paper from ARM TechCon explains why and how. This article is from class ATC-150 at ARM Technology Conference. Click here for more information about the conference.

The ARM architecture, like most 32-bit architectures, is well-suited to a using a C or C++ compiler. The majority of control code is written using high-level programming languages like C and C++ instead of assembly language. There are good reasons for this. High-level programming languages are inherently safer and less error prone than programming in assembly. Code written in high-level programming languages can also be written to be portable across different architectures.

Some people use assembly language for writing device drivers, but this is usually unnecessary. Most device driver code can be written by mapping a C structure or a C++ class onto the hardware device. However, it is sometimes necessary to use a little bit of assembly code. This paper will describe how to best do this.

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