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Debug technology supports TI's Keystone C66x DSPs

28th October 2015
Nat Bowers

Lauterbach has announced that its TRACE32 debugging technology supports Trace for Texas Instruments KeyStone C66x DSP devices. The C66x series includes a wide range of high performance microprocessors. The processing capability of the multicore platform is designed to be optimal for applications in markets such as industrial automation, high performance computing, mission critical, video infrastructure and high-end imaging.

Featuring the Keystone architecture, TI's innovative design methodology for SoC processors is a combination of architecture and design methodology that they claim enables full utilisation of all cores and interfaces without degradation.

Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach, commented: "Many customers around the world are working with complex multicore devices that contain both microprocessors cores and DSPs. The TRACE32 tools will now provide the C66x microprocessor developer with a comprehensive debug environment that will help to save development time and ensure the end project meets its specification."

Lauterbach debug tools have become a favourite with many hi-tech engineers and the company is recognised for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support. Lauterbach tools support all the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimising development time lost to debugging.

The trace tools of TRACE32 connect to the integrated trace port on the target cores and records program flow and data trace information directly from the core in real time. This recording provides the developer with fast and logical troubleshooting capabilities to detect complex errors that only occur under run-time conditions. In addition the time-stamped program flow/data trace can be analysed to provide an overall view of the system performance as well as quality assurance features such as code coverage and cache analysis. Fast trace evaluation and analysis are guaranteed through advanced compression technologies and speed-optimised system software. With a trace buffer of up to 4GB and the possibility of unlimited streaming to the host computer, a large amount of programme and data flow information can be collected and analysed. 

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