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ASSET’s Arium tools will debug ARM code in TI’s multicore KeyStone architecture

October 01, 2013 — ASSET InterTech
ASSET Arium LX-1000 Trace Port Analyzer
ASSET Arium LX-1000 Trace Port Analyzer

Richardson, TX (October 1, 2013) – Designers of applications like networking systems, imaging, high-performance computing, gaming, media processing and others that are based on processors with the Texas Instruments (TI) KeyStone II architecture now have a powerful set of software and firmware debugging tools in ASSET® InterTech’s Arium SourcePoint debugger for ARM. ASSET (www.asset-intertech.com), through its ScanWorks® platform for embedded instruments, is the leading supplier of tools for embedded instrumentation.

“Software bugs are always hard to track down and trace in mutlicore environments” said Larry Osborn, ASSET product manager for Arium tools. “For developers to keep pace with today’s demanding design schedules, they really have to have debug tools that take advantage and extend the capabilities of the on-chip resources in ARM cores.”

To serve the needs of different types of design teams that may be developing a wide range of applications, two ASSET Arium run-control probes support the SourcePoint ARM debugger.

The LC-500S is a cost-effective run-control probe for debugging ARM code for the KeyStone II architecture. SourcePoint on the LC-500S supports TI’s Embedded Trace Buffer and takes advantage of ARM’s Program Trace Macrocell (PTM) and System Trace Macrocell (STM) capabilities. The SourcePoint ARM debugger provides extensive post-capture analytics, results graphing and search functionality.

The LX-1000 Trace Port Analyzer supports extensive external storage of two gigabytes for trace results. Software and firmware engineers can thoroughly and effectively examine the trace results stored in the LX-1000 to identify the precise location of the cause of a bug in the code. Post-processing capabilities such as statistical tabulation and others are synchronized with SoucePoint’s line-by-line code display of trace results.

The Arium tools will also be available as part of the ScanWorks platform in its test and validation toolset.

About ASSET InterTech

ASSET InterTech is a leading supplier to the electronics industry of tools based on embedded instrumentation. Its ScanWorks platform overcomes the limitations of external test and measurement equipment by applying instrumentation embedded in semiconductors to debug software and firmware, and to perform and manufacturing test on chips and circuit boards. ASSET’s recent acquisition of Arium, Inc., (www.arium.com) added a powerful suite of firmware debug and trace tools to the ScanWorks platform. Designers can quickly debug firmware and then diagnose how it interacts with hardware. ASSET InterTech is located at 2201 North Central Expressway, Suite 105, Richardson, TX 75080.

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