ASSET’s Arium software debugger supports Intel’s new Silvermont microarchitecture with Real-Time Instruction Trace

Richardson, TX (October 15, 2013) – Software engineers debugging code for multicore systems-on-a-chip (SoC) based on Intel®’s new Silvermont microarchitecture will be able to take advantage of Silvermont’s Real-Time Instruction Trace (RTIT) capability with ASSET® InterTech’s Arium SourcePoint™ debugger. ASSET ( www.asset-intertech.com) and its ScanWorks® platform for embedded instruments is the leading supplier of tools for embedded instrumentation.

The SourcePoint debugger is able to extend its debug and trace capabilities over the entire Silvermont SoC. The instruction capture and display features of SourcePoint make the process much more intuitive because of the various views the developer has into code execution. For example, four different types of views – code, trace, branch and chart – give developers the
ability to easily visualize code execution even when code is running on multiple cores. All four views are synchronized to simplify moving from one view to another. The root causes of bugs like performance bottlenecks or execution ordering problems can be quickly visualized for further analysis by the software developer. In addition, timestamps accurate to a particular processor cycle are provided by SourcePoint.

“Intel has optimized the Silvermont microarchitecture for its 22 nanometer SoC fabrication process,” said Larry Osborn, ASSET product manager for Arium software debug tools. “We expect to see Silvermont-based designs for microservers, storage systems, networking systems and many other applications that require high performance but low power consumption. Debugging
with Silvermont’s embedded RTIT capabilities and the many powerful SourcePoint tools will certainly accelerate the software development process.”

To serve the needs of different types of design teams working on a wide range of applications, two ASSET Arium hardware modules support the SourcePoint debugger. The cost-effective ECM-XDP3 is a run-control probe capable of configuring and accessing trace data and storing it on-chip or on the target platform. Another hardware module, the LX-1000 Trace Port Analyzer, has two gigabytes of memory where trace results can be stored off-chip. Software and firmware engineers can thoroughly and effectively examine the trace results using the LX-1000 to identify the precise location of the cause of a bug. Analytical capabilities such as statistical tabulation and others are synchronized with SoucePoint’s line-by-line code display of trace results.

Availability

The SourcePoint debugger, which takes advantage of Intel’s embedded RTIT capabilities within Silvermont-based SoCs, is available now from ASSET InterTech and its distributors. For product information, call 888-694-6250, fax 972-437-2826, e-mail Email Contact
or visit www.asset-intertech.com.

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 design validation 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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