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Debugger for micro-controller

Optimized testing

PLS (Germany) has released version 4.4.5 of its Universal Debug Engine (UDE). It provides an optimized testing and debugging environment for Infineon’s XMC4700/XMC4800-SoCs micro-controllers.

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THE 32-BIT SOCS, WHICH ARE BASED ON AN ARM CORTEX-M4 processor with Floating Point Unit (FPU), were specifically developed for use in industrial applications. These micro-controllers feature a range of peripheral functions such as Ethercat communication unit (XMC4800 series) and six CAN nodes. The UDE 4.4.5 supports both the peripheral units and the internal debug resources of the micro-controller family. The integrated Flash/OTP programming functionality of the UDE provides maximum speeds in the whole delete-download-program-verify cycle.

The various possibilities for graphically displaying variables and their links to physical values within the Universal Debug Engine benefit from the real-time properties of the XMC4700/XMC4800 series. For example, it is possible for the debugger to read and write the entire main memory whilst a program is running without impairing real-time behavior. This permits the animation of variables, registers, and memory content at runtime. In addition, the periodic recording of the instruction counter permits a profiling function with portrayal of the percentage share of functions in the application's runtime. Integrated units for program, data, and performance trace are also supported.

Furthermore, in combination with PLS' Universal Access Device 2 (UAD2) family, developers can use the built-in Bootstrap Loader (BSL) implemented in the Infineon XMC4700/XMC4800 SoCs to program the on-chip flash memory via an asynchronous serial interface or the CAN network. A digitally isolated connection to the target is also possible with the UAD family.

If required, a full Eclipse integration via an own debug perspective with complete cross-debugger functionality is available. PLS' UDE 4.4.5 is available now. According to Infineon, samples of the XMC4700/XMC4800 devices will be available in August 2015.

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