4.2.3. ICache operation

If the ICache is disabled, each instruction fetch results in a separate nonsequential memory access on the AMBA ASB interface, giving very low bus and memory performance. Therefore, you must enable the ICache as soon as possible after reset.

If the ICache is enabled, an ICache lookup is performed for each instruction fetch regardless of the setting of the Ctt bit in the relevant MMU translation table descriptor:


If Ctt=0, indicating a noncachable region of memory, then the cache lookup results in a cache miss. The only way that it can result in a cache hit is if software has changed the value of the Ctt bit in the MMU translation table descriptor without invalidating the cache contents. This is a programming error. The behavior in this case is architecturally unpredictable and varies between implementations.

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