Lauterbach offers early support for new families of MCUs

April 06, 2012 // By Paul Buckley
Lauterbach has added support for the new Freescale Qorivva MPC57xxand STMicroelectronics SPC57x family of automotive microcontrollers to itsTRACE32 debugger.

As a result of the close cooperation with Freescale and STMicroelectronics in the Joint Development Program (JPD), customers will have in time access to TRACE32 development tool and can take advantage of the premium technical support available worldwide from Lauterbach.

German based Lauterbach had a turnover in excess of $90 million worldwide during 2011 and has seen its customer base grow year on year.  Lauterbach tools support more than 3500 microprocessors and all known ARM Cores, covering products from over 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of the tools enables engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimizing development time lost to debugging.

TRACE32 provides two alternative options for debugging the MPC57xx/SPC57xfamily. The PowerDebug probe provides debugging through the JTAG interface (OnCE) for the entire debug process including code download, flash programming and source code debugging. The TRACE32 PowerView software includes a comprehensive and user friendly HLL debugger for C and C++ as well as awareness for most of the commonly available real-time operating systems. Multicore debugging can be undertaken in AMP, SMP or Lockstepmode.

The PowerTrace system adds off-chip trace features to the basic debug functionality by utilizing the Nexus class 3+ interface on the chip. Up to4GByte of instruction and data trace can be non-intrusively captured, providing developers with a back trace for debug and also extensive run-time statistics and performance analysis. The Context Tracking System (CTS) allows the user to track the contents of registers and memory from a sampled real-time trace. This makes it possible to undertake a detailed analysis of the program execution on HLL level. Stepping "back into time" and examining variables as they were at any specific point in the program run is just one of the powerful capabilities of CTS.

The tools can be connected to either Windows or Linux hosts via USB 2.0 or Ethernet 10/100/1000. All TRACE32 PowerTools comply with the RoHS(Restriction of Hazardous Substances) directive.

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