Tightly Coupled Memory

Zynq UltraScale+ Device Technical Reference Manual (UG1085)

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Tightly-coupled memories (TCMs) are low-latency memory that provide predictable instruction execution and predictable data load/store timing. Each Cortex-R5F processor contains two 64-bit wide 64 KB memory banks on the ATCM and BTCM ports, for a total of 128 KB of memory. The division of the RAMs into two banks, and placing them on ports A and B, allows concurrent accesses to both banks by the load-store, instruction prefetch, or AXI slave ports.

The BTCM memory bank is divided into two 32 KB ranks that are connected to the BTCM-0 and BTCM-1 ports of the Cortex-R5F processors. There are two TCM interfaces that permit connection to configurable memory blocks of tightly-coupled memory (ATCM and BTCM).

An ATCM typically holds interrupt or exception code that must be accessed at high speed, without any potential delay resulting from a cache miss.

A BTCM typically holds a block of data for intensive processing, such as audio or video processing.

The block diagram of RPU along with the TCMs is shown in This Figure.

Figure 4-4:      Block Diagram of RPU with TCMs

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The entire 256 KB of TCM can be accessed by R5_0 (in lock-step mode). The PMU block controls power gating to each of the 64 KB TCM banks, through the system power and configuration state (SPCS) registers.