Fastest Nexus debugging for deeply embedded systems and SoC

Microelectronics International

ISSN: 1356-5362

Article publication date: 1 December 2004



(2004), "Fastest Nexus debugging for deeply embedded systems and SoC", Microelectronics International, Vol. 21 No. 3.



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Fastest Nexus debugging for deeply embedded systems and SoC

Fastest Nexus debugging for deeply embedded systems and SoC

iSYSTEM have introduced a fast dynamic debugging system for real-time development of systems using high-end microcontrollers (MCUs) and system-on-chips (SoCs). The iTRACE ProTM provides the fastest emulation and information transfer to the host PC via the Nexus interface, allowing high-speed debugging and development of deeply embedded systems.

iSYSTEM has developed the iTRACEPro in response to demand from the automotive and telecommunications industries for development tools that significantly reduce time to market of new products using high-end MCUs and SoCs. The iTRACE Pro is available now for the Motorola MAC7l00 family, Power PC Sxx/8xx families, ST SuperlO family and the ARM7TDMI, ARM720T, ARM7DI cores.

The iTRACE Pro allows the fastest information transfer available to developers of deeply embedded systems. A probe connects directly to the target and captures all Nexus trace data and dynamic debug information from the Nexus port. This information is then relayed to the iTRACE Pro trace analyser using a high speed serial cable to allow sampling rates of up to 200 MHz. The iTRACE Pro connects to an iSYSTEM emulator, such as the iC3000 or iC4000 ActiveEmulators, which is controlled by the company's WinlDEA integrated development environment on the host PC.

The iTRACE Pro features a complete program and data flow reconstruction including time stamps and an on-chip trigger and qualifier. Trace buffer size starts at 2M frames and the time stamp can be set as low as 10 ns. iSYSTEM emulators are modular and use PC Card technology, allowing the iTRACE Pro to be used for a number of targets simply by changing the iCARD and configuring the software. The iTRACE Pro comes with iSYSTEM's WinIDEA integrated development environment which provides a project manager, editor and high-level debugger that can be used for all embedded systems development projects.

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