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An iPaq StrongARM emulator named ARMware can run embedded linux, version 0.4

An iPaq StrongARM emulator named ARMware can run embedded linux, version 0.4

Project homepage:


1. A newly created build-in dynamic compiler whcih can
increase the runtime preformance dramatically.
2. Users can input commands from the emulated serial console.

Booting process (divx4 file, 4.3 MB) :


Input commands (divx4 file, 2.1 MB) :


Debian package (deb file, 1.1 MB):


rpm package (rpm file, 1.1 MB):


* Version 0.4.0:
o You can type commands from the emuated serial console.
o Add UTF-8 traditional chinese translation.

* Version 0.3.0:
o Add a dynamic compiler.

* Version 0.2.0:
o Add threaded code optimization technology.

* Version 0.1.0:
o The original version. Pure interpreter.

ARMware is an emulator for ARM micro-processor. It can only emulate
Intel StrongARM SA-1110 as core for now. However ARMware emulates not only
the Intel StrongARM cpu, but also Compaq iPaq H3600.

The hardware components that ARMware can emulate are:

1. ARM architecture version 4 core
2. ARM standard system coprocessor (CP15)
3. Memory Management Unit (MMU)
4. Translation Lookaside Buffer (TLB)
5. LCD Controller
6. DMA Controller
8. Operation System Timer
9. Reset Controller
10. Real Time Clock (RTC)
11. GPIO Controll Block
12. Interrupt Controller
13. Power Management
14. Serial Port 1
15. Serial Port 3
16. Intel StrataFlash J3 Flash ROM
17. Atmel micro-controller
18. LCD screen
19. Touch panel

The advantages of ARMware are:

1. The build-in threaded code engine will cache a block of ARM machine codes,
so that it can increase the execuating speed.

2. The build-in dynamic compiler will translate a block of ARM machine codes
to a block of x86 machine codes, so that it can increase the runtime preformance

3. In addition, I use assembly codes to re-write parts of it to increase the run-time
performance. For example, I use MMX and SSE2 instructions to rotate an angle
of 270 degrees of the LCD screen (That is to say, you have to execute ARMware
in a CPU with SSE2 instruction sets, like Pentium M or Pentium 4). In addition,
I also use assembly codes to accomplish the condition codes setting of ARM.

4. ARMware has a build-in memory management subsystem to serve all memory
allocation and deallocation. Through heavely testings, ARMware almost doesn't
have any memory leaks.

5. It can use Qt (Screenshots) or Gtk (Screenshots) as its user interface. However,
because of the liscense of Qt, I could only release the version of ARMware using
Gtk as its interface.

6. ARMware has a serial console window (Movie), so that users can see the serial
console outputs from ARMware, and input any commands into it.

7. It can use GNU dbm (Screenshots) or xml (Screenshots) as its machine database.
However, because of the license of GNU dbm, I could only release the version
of ARMware using xml as its machine database.

8. Conform to the i18n, and ARMware includes two traditional chinese translations
for the Big5 and UTF-8 locales.

9. Contains a full functional utility to burn a new Flash ROM (Screenshots),
which can be used to emulate the burning operations in the real world, and you
can use the new created flash rom to start ARMware.

10. Every user's machine database is placed under their home directory.
Thus different users can have different machine database.