2.2.2. ARM, Thumb, Thumb-2, and Thumb-2EE instruction sets

The ARM instruction set is a set of 32-bit instructions providing a comprehensive range of operations.

ARMv4T and above define a 16-bit instruction set called the Thumb instruction set. Most of the functionality of the 32-bit ARM instruction set is available, but some operations require more instructions. The Thumb instruction set provides better code density, at the expense of inferior performance.

ARMv6T2 defines Thumb-2, a major enhancement of the Thumb instruction set. Thumb-2 provides almost exactly the same functionality as the ARM instruction set. It has both 16-bit and 32-bit instructions, and achieves ARM-like performance with Thumb-like code density.

ARMv7 defines the Thumb-2 Execution Environment (Thumb-2EE). The Thumb-2EE instruction set is based on Thumb-2, with some changes and additions to make it a better target for dynamically generated code, that is, code compiled on the device either shortly before or during execution.

For more information, see Instruction set overview.

Copyright © 2002-2010 ARM. All rights reserved.ARM DUI 0204J