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The vector table for ARMv6 and earlier, ARMv7-A and ARMv7-R profiles consists of branch or load PC instructions to the relevant handlers.
If required, you can include the FIQ handler at the end of the vector table to ensure it is handled as efficiently as possible, see the following example. Using a literal pool means that addresses can easily be modified later if necessary.
AREA vectors, CODE, READONLY ENTRY Vector_Table LDR pc, Reset_Addr LDR pc, Undefined_Addr LDR pc, SVC_Addr LDR pc, Prefetch_Addr LDR pc, Abort_Addr NOP ;Reserved vector LDR pc, IRQ_Addr FIQ_Handler ; FIQ handler code - max 4kB in size Reset_Addr DCD Reset_Handler Undefined_Addr DCD Undefined_Handler SVC_Addr DCD SVC_Handler Prefetch_Addr DCD Prefetch_Handler Abort_Addr DCD Abort_Handler IRQ_Addr DCD IRQ_Handler ... END
This example assumes that you have ROM at location
reset. Alternatively, you can use the scatter-loading mechanism to define the load and
execution address of the vector table. In that case, the C library copies the vector table
The vector table for ARMv6 and earlier architectures supports ARM instructions only. ARMv6T2 and later architectures support both Thumb instructions and ARM instructions in the vector table. This does not apply to the ARMv6-M and ARMv7-M profiles.