Exception Types

Table 3.3 in the PIC32MX795F512L Data Sheet lists the MIPS32® M4K® core exception types in order of priority:


PIC32MX exception handler entry point addresses are more fully explained on this page.

Statistically, the following exception types will occur most often in a typical PIC32MX application:

  • Reset Exception
  • Soft-Reset Exception
  • NMI (Non-Maskable Interrupt) Exception, covering such things as
    • Deadman Timer Time-out
    • Watchdog Timer Time-out (either when the CPU is in run or sleep mode)
    • Clock-Fail (FSCM) detection
  • Interrupt Exception, covering such things as
    • Peripheral event
    • External pin-change
    • DMA event
  • Execution Exception, covering such things as
    • Integer overflow
    • Divide by 0
    • Floating-Point or DSP ASE exception

Note: The XC32 default exception handler functions (_general_exception_handler( ), _nmi_handler( ), and _on_reset( )) are weak functions (i.e. they can be overridden by defining your own version in your source code).

Basic PIC32MX Exception & Interrupt handling in C is covered on this page.

The _general_exception_handler( ) application code must poll CP0 CauseEXCCODE to determine the source of an unexpected exception. This is covered on this page.

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