MCU SRAM internal memory

1 Article purpose[edit]

The purpose of this article is to

  • briefly introduce the MCU RAM memory and its main features
  • indicate the level of security supported by this hardware block
  • explain how each instance can be allocated to the three runtime contexts and linked to the corresponding software components
  • explain how to configure the MCU RAM memory.

2 Peripheral overview[edit]

The MCU SRAM internal memory is 384-Kbyte wide and physically near to the Cortex®-M4 for optimized performances from this core. It is split into four separate banks:

  • MCU SRAM1 (128 Kbytes)
  • MCU SRAM2 (128 Kbytes)
  • MCU SRAM3 (64 Kbytes)
  • MCU SRAM4 (64 Kbytes)

Those banks have individual security control (cf. security support below) and automatic clock gating (for power management optimization), but they are not supplied when the system goes to Standby low power mode, so their content is lost in that case.

2.1 Features[edit]

Refer to STM32MP15 reference manuals for the complete features list, and to the software components, introduced below, to know which features are really implemented.

2.2 Security support[edit]

Each MCU SRAM1/SRAM2/SRAM3/SRAM4 bank is secure aware (under ETZPC control).

3 Peripheral usage and associated software[edit]

3.1 Boot time[edit]

The ROM code uses the MCU SRAM1 to store the USB context during a boot on USB for Flash programming (with STM32CubeProgrammer).

Linux remoteproc framework (running on the Cortex®-A7) loads the Cortex®-M4 firmware code into the MCU SRAM, except the exception table that must be loaded in the RETRAM since the Cortex®-M4 is looking for its reset entry point at address 0x00000000. The overall memory mapping is shown in the platform memory mapping section.

3.2 Runtime[edit]

3.2.1 Overview[edit]

Each MCU SRAM bank can be allocated to:

  • the Arm® Cortex®-A7 secure for using in OP-TEE


  • the Arm® Cortex®-A7 non-secure for using in Linux® with reserved memory, that is used by the dmaengine (for DMA buffers management) or RPMsg for interprocess communication with the coprocessor


Notice the and/or allocation between Cortex®-A7 non-secure and Cortex®-M4, meaning that it is possible to share banks between those cores, typically to realize inter process communication between RPMsg on Linux side and OpenAMP on STM32Cube side.

The default assignement set in STMicroelectronics distribution is in line with the platform memory mapping, that can be adapted by the platform user.

3.2.2 Software frameworks[edit]

Domain Peripheral Software frameworks Comment

Core/RAM MCU SRAM OP-TEE overview Linux reserved memory STM32Cube

3.2.3 Peripheral configuration[edit]

The configuration is applied by the firmware running in the context to which the peripheral is assigned. The configuration by itself can be done via the STM32CubeMX tool for all internal peripherals. It can then be manually completed (especially for external peripherals) according to the information given in the corresponding software framework article.

The several SRAM banks are accessible via different address ranges in order to benefit from the Cortex-M4 multiple ports.

3.2.4 Peripheral assignment[edit]

Internal peripherals

Check boxes illustrate the possible peripheral allocations supported by STM32 MPU Embedded Software:

  • means that the peripheral can be assigned () to the given runtime context.
  • is used for system peripherals that cannot be unchecked because they are statically connected in the device.

Refer to How to assign an internal peripheral to a runtime context for more information on how to assign peripherals manually or via STM32CubeMX.
The present chapter describes STMicroelectronics recommendations or choice of implementation. Additional possiblities might be described in STM32MP15 reference manuals.

Domain Peripheral Runtime allocation Comment
Instance Cortex-A7

Core/RAM MCU SRAM SRAM1 Assignment (between A7 S and A7 NS / M4)
Shareable (between A7 NS and M4)
SRAM2 Assignment (between A7 S and A7 NS / M4)
Shareable (between A7 NS and M4)
SRAM3 Assignment (between A7 S and A7 NS / M4)
Shareable (between A7 NS and M4)
SRAM4 Assignment (between A7 S and A7 NS / M4)
Shareable (between A7 NS and M4)