The ARM Cortex™-M4 processor is the latest embedded processor by ARM specifically developed to address digital signal control markets that demand an efficient, easy-to-use blend of control and signal processing capabilities. The combination of high-efficiency signal processing functionality with the low-power, low cost and ease-of-use benefits of the Cortex-M family of processors is designed to satisfy the emerging category of flexible solutions specifically targeting the motor control, automotive, power management, embedded audio and industrial automation markets.
Award-winning energy efficient digital signal control
The Cortex-M4 offers unparalleled capability to integrate 32-bit control with leading digital signal processing techniques for markets that require very high levels of energy efficiency.
The Cortex-M4 makes signal processing algorithm development easy through an excellent ecosystem of software tools and the Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard (CMSIS).
The processor executes Thumb®-2 instruction set for optimal performance and code size, including hardware division, single cycle multiply, and bit-field manipulation. The Cortex-M3 NVIC is highly configurable at design time to deliver up to 240 system interrupts with individual priorities, dynamic reprioritization and integrated system clock.
The combination of features and performance enables Cortex-M3 based devices to efficiently handle with multiple I/O channels and protocol standards such as USB OTG (On-The-Go).
ARM Cortex-M4 Features
Thumb® / Thumb-2
Single cycle 16,32-bit MAC
Single cycle dual 16-bit MAC
8,16-bit SIMD arithmetic
Hardware Divide (2-12 Cycles)
Floating Point Unit
Single precision floating point unit
IEEE 754 compliant
3-stage + branch speculation
2.19 CoreMark/MHz - 1.25 DMIPS/MHz
Optional 8 region MPU with sub regions and background region
Non-maskable Interrupt (NMI) + 1 to 240 physical interrupts
Interrupt Priority Levels
8 to 256 priority levels
Wake-up Interrupt Controller
Up to 240 Wake-up Interrupts
Integrated WFI and WFE Instructions and Sleep On Exit capability.
Sleep & Deep Sleep Signals.
Optional Retention Mode with ARM Power Management Kit
Integrated Instructions & Bit Banding
Optional JTAG & Serial-Wire Debug Ports. Up to 8 Breakpoints and 4 Watchpoints.
Optional Instruction Trace (ETM), Data Trace (DWT), and Instrumentation Trace (ITM)