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This is a Thumb (16 bit ARM) instruction set simulator. Written
primarily for my experiments and for anyone wanting to learn the
instruction set but not having to read schematics or get many registers
set right to blink your first led or turn a pixel on on a display. I
started cleaning up the armulator from ARM (wanted to remove the
if-then-elses and target specific stuff and make it a clean, simple,
core) but got frustrated with it, I probably broke it so I wrote my own.

The single file thumbulator.c is the instruction set simulator (ISS), the
other directories are test programs and/or examples depending on how you
want to look at it.

It boots similar, well the same as a cortex-m where the exception vector
table is addresses to code instead of code like you have with an ARM
based core. The thumbulator does not support thumb2 instructions at
this time, if/when that happens it will likely be a separate simulator
to keep the two separate, simple, and clean.

There are virtually no peripherals, one uart port for TX only (prints
the character to the console). A port that prints the 32 bit value
written to the console, and a port to halt the processor. Adding your
own peripherals is easy.

Not necessarily cycle accurate to any real ARM core, it is designed
around a 16 bit data bus model similar to running on a GBA, and
instruction fetches and reads and writes to memory are counted and
displayed when you finish. One main reason for this program was to use
it to compare the output of various compilers.

No guarantees to be bug free, the tests I have thrown at it so far are
both special purpose and real world applications. And so far I have
cleaned up the instructions that didnt work, I have not checked code
coverage to see if every instruction has been hit. If you happen to
try it, and happen to find something please let me know. Beware though
the compilers and the code out there can be evil, I found an llvm bug
already, one or two of the examples I used mismanaged their integer
lengths. I used to like to use zlib as test code, but its integer
lengths are chaotic and it has become useless(to me)(as embedded or
test code) without a lot of rework.

d w e l c h a t d w e l c h d o t c o m


The directories here are just a bunch of experiments and entertainments
for me, thumbulator.c is basically the project.

I have a bare_metal directory in my raspberrypi project you may find
interesting to understand how to put together a little bit of bootstrap
code to jump into a C program and go from there.  The blinker directory
(in this project) is perhaps a place to use as a beginning point on an
embedded program.