4.2.7. PLD, PLDW, and PLI

Preload Data and Preload Instruction. The processor can signal the memory system that a data or instruction load from an address is likely in the near future.


PLtype{cond} [Rn {, #offset}]
PLtype{cond} [Rn, +/-Rm {, shift}]
PLtype{cond} label



can be one of:


Data address


Data address with intention to write


Instruction address.

type cannot be DW if the syntax specifies label.


is an optional condition code (see Conditional execution).


cond is allowed only in Thumb-2 code, using a preceding IT instruction. This is an unconditional instruction in ARM and you must not use cond.


is the register on which the memory address is based.


is an immediate offset. If offset is omitted, the address is the value in Rn.


is a register containing a value to be used as the offset. Rm must not be r15. For Thumb instructions Rm must also not be r13.


is an optional shift.


is a program-relative expression. See Register‑relative and program‑relative expressions for more information.

Range of offset

The offset is applied to the value in Rn before the preload takes place. The result is used as the memory address for the preload. The range of offsets allowed is:

  • -4095 to +4095 for ARM instructions

  • -255 to +4095 for Thumb-2 instructions, when Rn is not r15.

  • -4095 to +4095 for Thumb-2 instructions, when Rn is r15.

The assembler calculates the offset from the pc for you. The assembler generates an error if label is out of range.

Register or shifted register offset

In ARM, the value in Rm is added to or subtracted from the value in Rn. In Thumb-2, the value in Rm can only be added to the value in Rn. The result used as the memory address for the preload.

The range of shifts allowed is:

  • LSL #0 to #3 for Thumb-2 instructions

  • Any one of the following for ARM instructions:

    • LSL #0 to #31

    • LSR #1 to #32

    • ASR #1 to #32

    • ROR #1 to #31

    • RRX

Address alignment for preloads

No alignment checking is performed for preload instructions.


ARM PLD is available in ARMv5TE and above.

32-bit Thumb PLD is available in ARMv6T2 and above.

PLDW is available only in ARMv7 and above that implement the Multiprocessing Extensions.

PLI is available only in ARMv7 and above.

There are no 16-bit Thumb PLD, PLDW, or PLI instructions.

These are hint instructions, and their implementation is optional. If they are not implemented, they execute as NOPs.

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