Microcontroller debug support

Microcontroller Debugging Solutions

The Universal Debug Engine (UDE) is a state-of-the-art Development Environment for application development with the supported microcontroller families. It offers a collection of tools including source file management, project building and a powerful HLL debugger. These tools include various high-speed communication paths to the customer's hardware target system with target monitoring. All components work together in an optimized manner.

The UDE and its accompanying package, is a powerful HLL debugger to test microcontroller applications created in C/C++ language and/or Assembly. The UAD, the communication add-on of the UDE, and the optional target monitor offer real-time execution between breakpoints on the customer’s target system.

The user benefits from the Integrated Development Environment, with integrated tools. A single Graphical User Interface is used for Development, Debugging and Emulation. Multiple high-speed interfaces allow the user flexible access to the target system.

Save development time – start with just one tool.

  • Cost efficient for workgroups – save by choosing the right mixture of UDE ROM monitor or emulator solutions.
  • One-stop support for all components of the Integrated Development Environment (debugger, editor, compiler, RTOS …).
  • The Universal Debug Engine and a AURIX, TriCore, PowerArchitecture, Cortex, ARM, XE166, XC2000, XScale, SH-2A, C166, ST10 cross compiler (Tasking, Keil, HighTec (GNU), Byte Craft, NXP’s CodeWarrior, TI’s CodeComposer, Green Hills and Wind River) create a complete and powerful package for starting a professional development project.

The Universal Debug Engine is an open platform which offers different interfaces to other tools.  Optionally, it can be feature-enhanced by the following components, which can be included into the workbench.

The open interface of the User Definable Enhancements enables the user to easily create completely new types of applications:
  • HTML Scripts based on standard UDE ActiveX Control and customer-specific controls provide fully customized hardware visualization and control.
  • The Automation Interface of the UDE components allow using basic UDE services for controlling the debugger, processing target communication, program flow control, symbol processing by external C/C++, Visual Basic and VBA applications.
  • The COM interface allows the standard UDE desktop to be replaced with custom desktops specifically tailored to fit the requirements of service tools, like Matlab™, Lab VIEW™, or another third-party software.

Optimized support for compilers and the ELF, DWARF2.0, and DWARF3.0 format: GNU C/C++ Compiler (HighTec), eTPU Compiler (ByteCraft, NXP).

  • Source files.
  • Functions in Source files, Functions, Sections.
  • Code breakpoints: set/clear/enable/disable.
  • Code syntax highlighting.
  • Mixed mode (C/C++ and instructions).
  • Optionally line number display.
  • Code breakpoints: set/clear/enable/disable.
  • Run to cursor.
  • Quick watch in tooltip.
  • Add to watch window function.
  • Display of variables: Name, Value, Address, Type, Scope, Min/Max value.
  • Display mode for integral types: decimal, hexadecimal, binary, ASCII for float types: compact, exponential, hexadecimal.
  • Change coloring.
  • Export function.
  • Configurable column layout.
  • Watch Expressions: C variables and constants, linked in C syntax, to a self-calculating expression; Expression clipboard.
  • Locals: Automatically display of locals in current or selected scope.
  • Display of Core Registers and Flags: Name, Value.
  • Change coloring.
  • Input history function.
  • Diagnostic output for debugging and customer support.
  • Configurable detail level.
  • Display of Special Function Registers: Name, Value, Address, Description, Reset Value, Bit fields.
  • Display mode decimal, hexadecimal, binary.
  • Change coloring.
  • Export function.
  • Configurable column layout.
  • Display of target memory: Byte / Word / DWord / Double / ASCII.
  • In-place editor, Auto size mode.
  • Find and Fill function, Export function.
  • Display of call hierarchy including function parameter names/values.
  • Context switch function.
  • Scientific Array Chart (Values at address range): Multiple curves in one diagram, Separate x- and y-axis for each curve, Legend, Cursor, Zoom, Pan, and Axis markers.
  • Flexible calculation of curve data points from target program data with UDE expressions / Expression clipboard. FLASH programming
  • UDE/MemTool for FLASH programming of on-chip and external FLASH of the SPC56x evaluation board
  • Erase / Program / Verify / Software Protection
  • Eclipse perspective for cross-debugging.
  • Standard Eclipse installation/update mechanism.
  • Debugging framework highly configurable in Views and View placement.
  • Fonts and Colors.
  • Compatible with Eclipse versions 3.4 (Ganymede), 3.5 (Galileo), 3.6 (Helios), 3.7 (Indigo).
  • Settings will stored and restored from workspace files
  • Recent workspace list.
  • Customizable toolbars.
  • Print support.
  • Standalone and multi-core eTPU debugger.
  • Source and mixed mode debugging.
  • Support of special 24-bit data types.
  • Manual start of eTPU channel possible.

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