Arium’s SourcePoint™ offers a Complete Linux Debugging Solution for the Intel® Atom™ Processor

By Arium

The ECM-XDP3 emulator is Arium’s new hardware-assisted debug solution for the latest Intel® processors. The product is used to debug BIOS, UEFI, BSPs, device drivers, Linux kernels, kernel modules, and applications.

Arium designed the ECM-XDP3 and the Arium software interface to be optimized for the Intel® Atom™ processor family.

Arium delivers the only real-time debug the only real-time debug interface that works out of reset, and it’s the first to offer debug for Intel’s Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). Arium debugging solutions support nearly all server, laptop, desktop, and embedded Intel® processors and are designed to minimize the time and stress associated with the debug phase of project development, helping companies get to market faster and with greater ease

Creating a successful run control debug strategy

The key to a successful run control debug strategy lies in the ability to set accurate breakpoints and step easily through code. SourcePoint uses the usual stepping commands along with go and halt to step through source or assembly-level code. SourcePoint’s C-like command language includes not only industry-standard run control commands, but lets the developer execute loops, use data and array variables, access file I/O, and more. Unlike some command languages, SourcePoint is intuitive; developers do not need to know a two-letter code for each command.

SourcePoint offers processor and soft breaks via simple GUIs. Breaks can also be set from the Code window or a command line.

Several intuitive windows can be opened to view the state of the processor(s) and make modifications to values, including Symbols windows, Registers windows, Memory windows, PCI Devices windows, and user-defined Watch windows. In multi-core environments, developers can view each processor state. And the list goes on and on.

Arium’s debug solutions are designed with time in mind. Whether downloading files or images, stepping through code, or coming back after hitting stop, the event executes with incredible speed.

Arium has been the primary market supplier of hardware assisted debug tools since 1992, and is a member of the Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance. More information on the company and product is available at http://www.arium.com.


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