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Real-time Linux adds JTAG/BDM debugger support

Oct 24, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

FSMLabs's real-time Linux and BSD distributions now support Abatron's popular “BDI” series debuggers. The BDI debuggers exploit the on-chip debugging interfaces found in many modern processors, and can often obviate expensive hardware such as in-circuit emulators, when used with appropriate… software packages, according to FSMLabs.

Abatron's BDI debugger line includes its flagship BDI2000 (pictured above), a “background mode debugger” (BDM) with maximum claimed BDM and JTAG speeds of 16Mbps, as well as the basic BDI1000, which reportedly tops out at 5.5Mbps and 12Mbps, respectively.

FSMLabs says the BDI products come with software “designed to work with GDB (GNU debugger),” and thus are compatible with FSMLabs basic development kits.

Additionally, FSMLabs says its Eclipse-based debugger works well with Ultimate Solutions's LinuxScope-JTD (JTAG Target Debugger), a recently launched Eclipse-based debugger optimized for use with Abatron's BDI2000 BDM/JTAG probe.

Ultimate Solutions LinuxScope-JTD screenshot
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FSMLabs CTO Cort Dougan stated, “Our customers and developers have successfully used the BDI on Arm, Coldfire, PowerPC, and other embedded processors, and it works well with the tools we provide.”

Peter Tympanick, sales director at Ultimate Solutions, stated, “We have an increasing number of customers who need the combination of Linux or BSD and hard real-time.

Support for using BDI debuggers with RTLinuxPro or RTCoreBSD is available direct from FSMLabs, or from value-added development tool reseller Ultimate Solutions, FSMLabs says.

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