The MIPS Programmer's Handbook gives a hands-on view of the highly successful MIPS family of microprocessors, and is written for programmers developing systems applications for the MIPS platform. Authors Erin Farquhar and Philip J. Bunce describe the MIPS architecture from the perspective of assembly- and C-language programmers, with special emphasis on issues related to embedded applications. Engineers writing system-level programs for MIPS-based embedded systems will find the topic selection especially useful, including the sections on software conventions, initializing the processor in a bare machine environment, and writing exception handlers.
For convenient use, the instruction set reference is presented with only one page per instruction. The authors focus on the instructions available to assembly-language programmers, rather than on the hardware-level instruction set documented in data books released by vendors of the MIPS processor. This book provides enough detail for anyone doing serious system-level programming. Also included are ten complete program examples, with line-by-line explanations.
408 pages, softcover
- 1. Introduction
- 2. MIPS Software Conventions
- 3. Initializing the Processor
- 4. Writing Exception Handlers
- 5. The MIPS1 Instruction Set
- A. MIPS Architecture Overview
- B. MIPS Instructions and Addressing Modes
- C. Generating Prologue and Epilogue for a Function
- D. File List for Example Programs
- E. Library Functions Used by Example C Programs
- F. Licensed Manufacturers of MIPS Processors and Software Development Tools for the C Language