LabVIEW Embedded for ARM Porting Guide - Chapter 1: Introduction

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The 32-bit RISC ARM processor architecture developed by ARM Limited is widely used across many embedded designs due to its low price, low power consumption, and wide variety of peripherals for many of the major silicon vendors. Today, the ARM family accounts for more than 75 percent of all 32-bit RISC CPUs. You can use the NI LabVIEW Embedded Module for ARM Microcontrollers for programming ARM microcontrollers with the RTX embedded operating system.

This document offers a general outline for targeting LabVIEW code to any custom ARM target. It is the first document in a five-part series that demonstrates the steps you need to take to port LabVIEW code to the Phytec LPC3180 ARM9 microcontroller. For additional information, read these chapters:

Chapter 2: Integration of LabVIEW and Keil Toolchains

Chapter 5: Integrating the Real-Time Agent

Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 - Introduction
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Solution Files

1. Chapter 1 - Introduction

With the NI LabVIEW Embedded Module for ARM Microcontrollers, you can port LabVIEW software to any of more than 260 ARM7, ARM9, and Cortex-M3 microcontrollers for system deployment. By using a single development tool from concept to finished product, you can ease the development process and increase end quality while reducing time to market. Visit our website for more information on targeting embedded systems in LabVIEW 

Taking Your Graphical Design to a New ARM Microcontroller

While the LabVIEW Embedded Module for ARM features several example targets including the Keil MCB2300 and the Luminary Micro EK-LM3S8962 evaluation boards, there are a large number of additional ARM microcontrollers that LabVIEW can target. This document offers a general process for incorporating a new ARM target provided it meets hardware and software requirements. This specific example demonstrates a Philips NXP LPC3180 ARM9 microcontroller on the phyCORE-ARM9/LPC3180 evaluation board.                                           

A general process for incorporating a new ARM target follows these basic steps:

  • Porting the RTX Real-Time Kernel
  • Integrating the Real-Time Agent module for debugging
  • Creating the target in LabVIEW and incorporating the Keil toolchain
  • Developing peripheral and I/O drivers

Note that while this tutorial demonstrates specific steps taken to incorporate the Phytec LPC3180 evaluation board, it provides a generic guideline for each process that you can apply to any target. To incorporate an arbitrary ARM microcontroller, you need to custom tailor many of the step details provided below to the specific microcontroller.

At the time this article was written, the RTX Real-Time Kernel and Real-Time Agent module had not been developed for the LPC3180. Therefore, this tutorial demonstrates all four processes. However, this may not be necessary for all targets. For more information about incorporating the RTX Real-Time Kernel and the Real-Time Agent module, see chapters 4 and 5.

This tutorial assumes that you have the LabVIEW Microprocessor SDK installed. If this is not the case, see the following tutorial on modifying the generic 'Other' target that is installed by the LabVIEW Embedded Module for ARM Microcontrollers. Visit our website for more information on targeting ARM embedded systems in LabVIEW.

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2. Table of Contents

Chapter 2: Integration of LabVIEW and KEIL Toolchains

Chapter 5: Integrating the Real-Time Agent

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3. Solution Files

The following files provide a complete solution for each chapter of this document. Use these files to follow along with the guide, or use the LPC3180 folder in the chapter 3 files for the final working solution.

Note: You will need a .RAR extraction utility (ex. WinRAR) to decompress these files.

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