Overview of the Cortex-M3

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The chapter describes the Cortex™-M3 as a 32-bit microprocessor. It has a 32-bit data path, a 32-bit register bank, and 32-bit memory interfaces. The processor has a Harvard architecture, which means that it has a separate instruction bus and data bus. This allows instructions and data accesses to take place at the same time. Thus, as a result of this, the performance of the processor increases because data accesses do not affect the instruction pipeline. This feature results in multiple bus interfaces on Cortex-M3, each with optimized usage and the ability to be used simultaneously. However, the instruction and data buses share the same memory space. In other words, 8 GB memory space cannot ...

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