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Embedded control problems, Thumb, and the ARM7TDMI

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3 Author(s)
Segars, S. ; Adv. RISC Machines, Cambridge, UK ; Clarke, K. ; Goudge, L.

High-end embedded control applications such as cellular phones, disk drives, and modems demand more performance from their controllers yet still require low costs. By implementing a second, compressed instruction set, our architectural innovation Thumb reduces RISC code size, providing 32-bit RISC performance at 8-/16-bit system cost. We describe the problems of embedded control, discuss the Thumb solution and its implementation, and explore typical application areas and competitive benchmarking

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Micro, IEEE  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 5 )