Cortex-M3 (STM32L100xx) systick behavior

tzakariassen wrote on Wednesday, November 27, 2013:

I’ve got a STM32L100 running fine with freeRTOS 7.5.2 and Atollic 4.2 as dev tool on a Discovery board. I use the systick counter to measure time between certain events in my code like

xEventTimeToTrack = xTaskGetTickCount();
if (condition)
    xPassedtimeBetweenEvents = xTaskGetTickCount() - xEventTimeToTrack;

When the systick counter eventually wraps to zero the above expression will produce undesireable result unless you make some validity checks and adjustments before attempting the subtraction. Does freeRTOS perform some clever internal adjustments to the systick counter value so that the above expression Always produce the intended result?

Best regards /Thom

richard_damon wrote on Wednesday, November 27, 2013:

As long as PORT_TICK_TYPE is at least as big as an int, or the result put back into a PORT_TICK_TYPE, the answer will be correct due to the way unsigned arithmetic is defined. For a 32 bit processor you want to make sure you do not use 16 bit ticks counters (define in the FreeRtos Config header), and the match should just work out right.

tzakariassen wrote on Thursday, November 28, 2013:

OK, good news.