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ARM CPU Assembly programming help.

I have a project in mind but I need some help getting started from you Assembly programmers.

I have a chip that I want to get a programmer for and then be able to program it.

The chip is iMX31L which seems to be related to ARM1136. I did a search for ARM programmers in google but I want to make sure I am getting the right thing.

I have been reading the datasheets here: http://www.freescale.com/webapp/search/Serp.jsp?qt=imx31l&QueryText=imx31l&baseUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.freescale.com%2Fwebapp&PART_NUMBER=&SEARCH_OPERATOR=Contains&Go.x=15&Go.y=13

But I still cant seem to get the chip information from all these datasheets. I have been reading for two days now.

Here are the high res pictures of the device. It is a Zune. I was hoping to be able to connect some wires directly to the chip and then upload some assembly from a programmer to be able to load the Linux Grub boot loader on it and then I could load Linux files and run the OS on the device.


There are other chips on it also but I believe these are just controller chips and that the main chip the iMX31L is the only one I will need to program. 

I have found this one programmer from Sparkfun: http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=7834

Will this programmer work? Can I just connect wires to the chip directly and then connect those wires to a serial connector for this programmer?

I was also wondering if this document would be a good start for ARM assembly: http://www.arm.com/miscPDFs/9658.pdf

Any and all information would be appreciated! I have been searching and searching for the past 2 days. :( 

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to make my zune into a robot controller with Linux. Thats the reason I want to reprogram it. :D since it is small and has memory already. 8 gigs.

I would have lots of space for programming. :D