2.6. Loading constants into registers

You cannot load an arbitrary 32-bit immediate constant into a register in a single instruction without performing a data load from memory. This is because ARM instructions are only 32 bits long.

Thumb instructions have a similar limitation.

You can load any 32-bit value into a register with a data load, but there are more direct and efficient ways to load many commonly-used constants. You can also include many commonly-used constants directly as operands within data-processing instructions, without a separate load operation at all.

The following sections describe:

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