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SourcePoint debugger supports Silvermont-based apps

17 Oct 2013

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Asset InterTech announced that its Arium SourcePoint debugging software for multi-core systems-on-a-chip is now compatible with applications that use Intel's Silvermont microarchitecture with real-time instruction trace (RTIT) capability. The SourcePoint debugger is supported by Arium's ECM-XDP3 run-control probe and the LX-1000 trace port analyser modules. Prices for the debugger start at $11,800.

The SourcePoint debugger is able to extend its debug and trace capabilities over the entire Silvermont SoC. The instruction capture and display features of SourcePoint make the process much more intuitive because of the various views the developer has into code execution. For example, four different types of views – code, trace, branch and chart – give developers the ability to easily visualise code execution even when code is running on multiple cores. All four views are synchronised to simplify moving from one view to another. The root causes of bugs like performance bottlenecks or execution ordering problems can be quickly visualized for further analysis by the software developer. In addition, timestamps accurate to a particular processor cycle are provided by SourcePoint.

To serve the needs of different types of design teams working on a wide range of applications, two ASSET Arium hardware modules support the SourcePoint debugger. The cost-effective ECM-XDP3 is a run-control probe capable of configuring and accessing trace data and storing it on-chip or on the target platform. Another hardware module, the LX-1000 Trace Port Analyser, has 2Gb of memory where trace results can be stored off-chip. Software and firmware engineers can thoroughly and effectively examine the trace results using the LX-1000 to identify the precise location of the cause of a bug. Analytical capabilities such as statistical tabulation and others are synchronised with SourcePoint's line-by-line code display of trace results.




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