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Debugger improves Linux OS-aware support

Sep 13, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

American Arium has started shipping an incremental upgrade to its hardware-assisted debugger. SourcePoint 6.5.1 adds better Linux OS-aware debug support with no changes to the user interface, according to the company.

The SourcePoint debugger is meant for use with Arium's HS-1000 trace point analyzer or LC-500 JTAG emulator. With the former device, it supports ARM7, ARM9, ARM11, and Cortex cores — as well as serial wire debug (SWD).

HS-1000 and LC-500
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The new 6.5.1 release of SourcePoint is said to offer better Linux OS-aware debugging, even though no changes have been made to the user interface. Thus, the upgrade is “transparent to the user,” the company said.

SourcePoint debugger screenshot
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Touted features include:

  • Full symbolic, source-level debugging of Linux kernel code (including loadable kernel modules) and applications (including shared libraries)
  • Developers can launch or attach to processes with seamless transitions to and from the kernel and each process
  • Delivers kernel debug straight out of reset, dynamic debug of loaded Linux kernel modules, and Linux console output through the JTAG port, eliminating a serial or Ethernet port requirement

Larry Traylor, CEO, stated, “Arium supports the new debug paradigms of Coresight, which are used typically in Cortex processors. The new debug features allow for multi-core devices to be easily controlled and traced with one emulator.”

The SourcePoint 6.5.1 release appears to be available now to customers of Arium's HS-1000S and LC-500 devices. It supports a variety of popular compilers, including GNU C/C++ compilers.

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