GIC internal peripheral

Revision as of 15:38, 4 February 2020 by Registered User

1. Article purpose[edit source]

The purpose of this article is to

  • briefly introduce the GIC peripheral (generic interrupt controller) 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, when needed, how to configure the GIC peripheral.

2. Peripheral overview[edit source]

The GIC peripheral is the Arm® Cortex®-A7 interrupt controller. It is consequently not accessible from the Arm® Cortex®-M4 core.

2.1. Features[edit source]

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

2.2. Security support[edit source]

The GIC is a secure peripheral (under ETZPC control).

3. Peripheral usage and associated software[edit source]

3.1. Boot time[edit source]

The GIC is configured by the FSBL (see Boot chains overview), mainly to define the routing of each interrupt to the secure or non-secure context at runtime: this configuration is further described in STM32MP15 interrupts article.

3.2. Runtime[edit source]

3.2.1. Overview[edit source]

The GIC can be allocated:

  • to the Arm® Cortex®-A7 secure core to be used under OP-TEE with the GIC OP-TEE driver (or TF-A secure monitor if the OP-TEE is not present)
  • or to the Arm® Cortex®-A7 non-secure core to be used under Linux® with the interrupts framework

3.2.2. Software frameworks[edit source]

Internal peripherals software table template

| Core/Interrupts
| GIC
| OP-TEE GIC driver
| Linux interrupt framework
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3.2.3. Peripheral configuration[edit source]

The configuration is applied by the firmware running in the context to which the peripheral is assigned. The configuration by itself can be performed 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.

3.2.4. Peripheral assignment[edit source]

Internal peripherals assignment table template

| rowspan="1" | Core/Interrupts
| rowspan="1" | GIC
| GIC
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|}