Lauta (Germany) – September 01, 2015 – As a result of many years of close partnership with STMicroelectronics, PLS Programmierbare Logik & Systeme is already able to offer the Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 4.4.6, a sophisticated and proven debugging and testing solution, for the first samples of STMicroelectronics new SPC58 E-line in ST's multi-core automotive microcontroller (MCU) family.
The UDE 4.4.6 allows users to carry out reliable and fast programming of the integrated flash memory as well as the control and management of all active units of the SoC within one consistent user interface. As a result, not only can the main cores be selected as debug target, but also the Generic Timer Module (GTM) and Hardware Security Module (HSM) or the whole device. This high degree of flexibility is supported by a flexible multi-core program loader, which enables loading of program code and data as well as symbol information separately for each individual core.
Management of the individual active units by the debugger is carried out via a special multi-core run control manager, which enables an almost synchronous starting and stopping of the various cores at any time by utilizing logic that is integrated on the chip. In addition, debugging is simplified by the multi-core breakpoints implemented in the UDE. With their help, in shared code a simultaneously acting breakpoint for all cores can be very easily set. Data breakpoints in turn allow the recognition of read and/or write accesses to a variable. Furthermore, even an expected value can also be optionally taken into account.
The SPC58 E-line SoCs are also available as emulation devices, which are pin-compatible with The production devices. These emulation devices include additional emulation memory, extensive trigger and filter logic as well as connections for a serial high-speed interface based on the Aurora protocol. In order that developers can as simply as possible and abstractly configure the several hundred registers of the additional emulation memory, PLS offers the Universal Emulation Configurator (UEC) with block graphics user interface in addition to the UDE 4.4.6. Measurement tasks can be defined particularly easily with help of the UEC. In doing so, specific states in the target are described by signals. These, in turn, can initiate actions or shift an underlying state machine into a new state.
The Universal Emulation Configurator (UEC) helps the user to cope as effectively as possible with the limited resources of the on-chip emulation memory. In parallel to this, the implemented Aurora interface offers the possibility to externally record a very large amount of trace data and to carry out a statistical analysis of the program flow such as code coverage and profiling. PLS' Universal Access Device 3+ (UAD3+) with Aurora pod serves for recording, while the evaluation itself is carried out by the Universal Debug Engine (UDE).