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Unlike processor architectures with variable length or bit instructions, such as the Cray-1 and Hitachi SuperH, both the ARM and Thumb instruction sets exist independently of each other.

Embedded hardware, such as the Game Boy Advance , typically have a small amount of RAM accessible with a full bit datapath; the majority is accessed via a bit or narrower secondary datapath. In this situation, it usually makes sense to compile Thumb code and hand-optimise a few of the most CPU-intensive sections using full bit ARM instructions, placing these wider instructions into the bit bus accessible memory.

Thumb-2 extends the limited bit instruction set of Thumb with additional bit instructions to give the instruction set more breadth, thus producing a variable-length instruction set.

A stated aim for Thumb-2 was to achieve code density similar to Thumb with performance similar to the ARM instruction set on bit memory. Thumb-2 extends the Thumb instruction set with bit-field manipulation, table branches and conditional execution. At the same time, the ARM instruction set was extended to maintain equivalent functionality in both instruction sets.

This requires a bit of care, and use of a new "IT" if-then instruction, which permits up to four successive instructions to execute based on a tested condition, or on its inverse.

When compiling into ARM code, this is ignored, but when compiling into Thumb it generates an actual instruction. For example:. All ARMv7 chips support the Thumb instruction set. ThumbEE is a fourth instruction set state, making small changes to the Thumb-2 extended instruction set.

These changes make the instruction set particularly suited to code generated at runtime e. New features provided by ThumbEE include automatic null pointer checks on every load and store instruction, an instruction to perform an array bounds check, and special instructions that call a handler.

These changes come from repurposing a handful of opcodes, and knowing the core is in the new ThumbEE state. VFP provides floating-point computation suitable for a wide spectrum of applications such as PDAs, smartphones, voice compression and decompression, three-dimensional graphics and digital audio, printers, set-top boxes, and automotive applications.

The VFP architecture was intended to support execution of short "vector mode" instructions but these operated on each vector element sequentially and thus did not offer the performance of true single instruction, multiple data SIMD vector parallelism.

They provide some of the same functionality as VFP but are not opcode -compatible with it. Software packages and cross-compiler tools use the armhf vs. It features a comprehensive instruction set, separate register files, and independent execution hardware. ProjectNe10 is ARM's first open-source project from its inception. The source code is available on GitHub [92]. It provides a low-cost alternative to adding another dedicated security core to an SoC, by providing two virtual processors backed by hardware based access control.

This lets the application core switch between two states, referred to as worlds to reduce confusion with other names for capability domains , in order to prevent information from leaking from the more trusted world to the less trusted world.

This world switch is generally orthogonal to all other capabilities of the processor, thus each world can operate independently of the other while using the same core.

Memory and peripherals are then made aware of the operating world of the core and may use this to provide access control to secrets and code on the device. Typically, a rich operating system is run in the less trusted world, with smaller security-specialized code in the more trusted world, aiming to reduce the attack surface.

Typical applications include DRM functionality for controlling the use of media on ARM-based devices, [94] and preventing any unapproved use of the device. Trusted Foundations Software was acquired by Gemalto. In practice, since the specific implementation details of proprietary TrustZone implementations have not been publicly disclosed for review, it is unclear what level of assurance is provided for a given threat model , but they are not immune from attack.

Open Virtualization [99] and T6 [] are open source implementations of the trusted world architecture for TrustZone.

Samsung Knox uses TrustZone for purposes such as detecting modifications to the kernel. It adds an optional bit architecture e. AArch64 provides user-space compatibility with ARMv7-A, the bit architecture, therein referred to as "AArch32" and the old bit instruction set, now named "A32".

The Thumb instruction set is referred to as "T32" and has no bit counterpart.

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In December , ARMv8. The enhancements fell into two categories: In January , ARMv8. A bit variant has already been implemented. A supercomputer based on an ARM CPU prototype with that SVE variant aims to be the world's highest-performing supercomputer with "the goal of beginning full operations around Cray's and Fujitsu's. In October , ARMv8. Its enhancements fell into six categories: In , ARMv8. It adds e.

The bit ARM architecture is supported by a large number of embedded and real-time operating systems , including:. The bit ARM architecture is the primary hardware environment for most mobile device operating systems such as:.

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