A4.6 Powering down an individual core

To enable a core to be powered down, the implementation must place the core on a separately controlled power supply. In addition, you must clamp the outputs of the core to benign values while the entire cluster is powered down.

To power down the core, apply the following sequence:


  1. Disable the data cache, by clearing the SCTLR.C bit, or the HSCTLR.C bit if in Hyp mode. This prevents more data cache allocations and causes cacheable memory attributes to change to Normal Non-cacheable. Subsequent loads and stores do not access the L1 or L2 caches.
  2. Clean and invalidate all data from the L1 Data cache. The SCU duplicate tag RAMs for this core are now empty. This prevents any new data cache snoops or data cache maintenance operations from other cores in the cluster being issued to this core.
  3. Disable data coherency with other cores in the cluster, by clearing the CPUECTLR.SMPEN bit. Clearing the SMPEN bit enables the core to be taken out of coherency by preventing the core from receiving cache or TLB maintenance operations broadcast by other cores in the cluster.
  4. Execute an ISB instruction to ensure that all of the register changes from the previous steps have been committed.
  5. Execute a DSB SY instruction to ensure that all cache, TLB, and branch predictor maintenance operations issued by any core in the cluster device before the SMPEN bit was cleared have completed.
  6. Execute a WFI instruction and wait until the STANDBYWFI output is asserted to indicate that the core is in idle and low-power state.
  7. Deassert DBGPWRDUP LOW. This prevents any external debug access to the core.
  8. Activate the core output clamps.
  9. Assert nCPUPORESET LOW.
  10. Remove power from the PDCPU power domain.
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