Chapter 5

First Steps


  • Setting up a cross-compile environment
  • Your first ARM program
  • Running an ARM program in a simulator
  • Presenting some evaluation boards
  • Running a program on an evaluation board


The code downloads for this chapter are found at on the Download Code tab. The code for this chapter is divided into the following major examples:


The time has come to start working. The first task consists of installing everything needed to compile for an ARM processor. By default, a development computer can compile code for itself; for example, a Linux i7 PC can compile code that runs on an x86 Linux system. You probably need something different; a cross compiler. A cross compiler is a compiler that can create executable code for a platform other than the one on which the compiler is run. My personal development machine is an i7, so to compile code for an ARM system, I needed to install a cross compiler.

Sourcery CodeBench Lite is a free cross compiler available from its website. Download the Embedded Application Binary Interface (EABI) version, and install it on your development PC. The Lite versions are available at

Sourcery CodeBench Lite comes with a multitude of programs; most starting with arm-eabi. Don’t be frightened by all the programs; you will use a ...

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