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The GIC-600 is a generic interrupt controller that handles interrupts from peripherals to the cores and between cores. The GIC-600 supports a distributed microarchitecture containing several individual blocks that are used to provide a flexible GIC implementation.
The GIC-600 supports the GICv3 architecture, see the Arm® Generic Interrupt Controller Architecture Specification, GIC architecture version 3.0 and version 4.0.
The microarchitecture scales from a single core to coherent multichip environments containing up to 16 chips of up to 64 cores each.
This manual defines a chip as an SoC that is integrated with the GIC-600. A single-chip system has one SoC. A multichip system can have several SoCs that are connected externally, or an SoC comprising several SoCs connected inside a single physical package. In all cases, each SoC is integrated with the GIC-600.
All the GIC-600 blocks communicate through fully credited AXI4-Stream interface channels. This means that the interface exerts transient backpressure only on their ic<xy>tready signals, enabling packets to be routed over any free-flowing interconnect. Channels can be routed over dedicated AXI4-Stream buses, or over any available free-flowing transport layer in the system. A channel is described as free-flowing if all transactions on that channel complete without a non-transient dependency on any other transaction.
The GIC-600 includes build scripts that can create appropriate levels of hierarchy for any particular configuration. In small configurations, the distribution can be hidden and internally optimized.