Question on ARM Cortex R4 support in Linux

Catalin Marinas catalin.marinas at
Mon Feb 13 06:07:30 EST 2012

On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 10:59:50AM +0000, shiraz hashim wrote:
> Hi Catalin,
> On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 4:23 PM, Catalin Marinas
> <catalin.marinas at> wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 10:49:18AM +0000, shiraz hashim wrote:
> >> We plan to use Linux on our Cortex R4 based SoC.
> >> Can we use the latest Linux straight away or do we
> >> require to add some support for it.
> >>
> >> I went through
> >> which describes Cortex M3 support in Linux but was not
> >> able to find any information on M4.
> >
> > Do you mean M4 or R4 here?
> I am interested in R4 but was just thinking that M4 support can work
> for R4 as well.

M4 and R4 are completely different processor classes. R4 is supported
pretty much by default in !MMU Linux as it's close to the A class (same
exception model). The M class has a completely different exception model
and it only supports the Thumb-2 instruction set.

> >> Has anybody used it on Cortex R4 based platform ?
> >
> > In theory Linux support for R4 should just work (once CONFIG_MMU is
> > disabled). I used to test it in the past regularly but not recently.
> Great. I was planning to use linux-3.2, I hope the support is there ?

It's been there for years, but some bit-rotting may have occurred.


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