The Cortex-M23 processor is a very compact, two-stage pipelined processor that supports the Armv8-M baseline instruction set. The Cortex-M23 with TrustZone is the ideal processor for the most constrained IoT and embedded applications where security is a key requirement.
TrustZone for Armv8-M provides hardware-enforced isolation between the trusted and the untrusted resources on the Cortex-M23 device, while maintaining the efficient exception handling and determinism that have been the hallmark of all Cortex-M processors.
|Bus Interface||AMBA 5 AHB (Von Neumann bus architecture)
Optional single cycle I/O interface
|ISA Support||Thumb/Thumb-2 subset|
Optional TrustZone for Armv8-M with optional security
Attribution Unit of up to 8 regions
Stack limit checking for Secure stack pointers
|Memory Protection||Optional Memory Protection Unit (MPU) with up to 16 regions per security state|
|Interrupts||Non-maskable Interrupt (NMI) and up to 240 physical interrupts with 4 priority levels|
|Wake-up Interrupt Controller||Optional for waking up the processor from state retention power gating or when all clocks are stopped|
|Sleep Modes||Integrated WFI and WFE Instructions and Sleep On Exit capability
Sleep and Deep Sleep Signals
|Enhanced Instructions||Hardware single-cycle (32x32) multiply and fast (32/32) divide option|
|Debug||Optional JTAG or Serial Wire Debug ports, up to 4 Breakpoints and 4 Watchpoints|
|Trace||Optional Micro Trace Buffer (MTB) or Embedded Trace Macrocell (ETM)|
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Performance efficiency 2.64 CoreMark/MHz* and 0.98 DMIPS/MHz**
|Arm Cortex-M23 Implementation Data***
(9-track, typical 0.99V,-40°C)
(9-track, typical 0.81V, 0°C)
|Dynamic power||3.86 μW/MHz
|Floor planned area
**The result abides by all of the “ground rules” laid out in the Dhrystone documentation and using the original (K&R) v2.1 of Dhrystone.
*** Minimum configuration with full ISA support and Interrupt Controller, includes 1 IRQ + NMI, excludes ETM, MPU and debug.
Cortex-M comparison table
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