ARM Launches New RealView Debug Solutions For Multi-Core Systems

16 September 2002

Integrated ARM RealView development solution now incorporates all components necessary to develop, debug and validate application code on ARM Powered® systems

CAMBRIDGE, UK – Sept. 16, 2002 – ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor solutions, today launched new components of its integrated RealView™ debug solution. The new version of the ARM® RealView Debugger™ has been enhanced with two new products, the RealViewICE™ emulator and the RealView Trace™ module, which provide the high performance and flexibility needed to meet and exceed the debug requirements of complex system-on-chip (SoC) projects.

The new RealViewICE emulator provides JTAG emulation for high-speed downloads (in excess of 600k bytes/s over JTAG @ 10MHz). This level of performance is enabled by high-speed host connections via Ethernet or USB. The optional RealView Trace module plugs onto the RealViewICE unit capturing information from the on-chip embedded trace macrocell (ETM), at data rates in excess of 200MHz. The resulting trace information allows the developer to identify difficult software/hardware interaction bugs and optimize performance. These high-performance debug solutions enable reduced development time and improved time-to-market.

The new version of the ARM RealView Debugger has been enhanced with support for the ARM ETM solution, using the new RealViewICE unit and RealView Trace module while also supporting users with existing ARM JTAG and Trace capture devices. The RealView Debugger addresses the evolution of today's systems to multi-core SoCs that contain both DSP and ARM cores on the same chip. Code running on multiple processors can be debugged in the same session using a single debug kernel, enabling independent or synchronized stop, start and stepping. The Debugger solution also supports the ability for breakpoint in one core to force a breakpoint in one or more of the other cores. Extended target visibility allows designers to tailor the Debugger solution to reflect detailed information about the complete target being debugged. Peripheral registers and memory values can be displayed in user configurable meaningful notation.

OS-aware debugging is available today for Symbian OS, ATI Nucleus and ThreadX. ARM is working with its OS Partners to offer additional OS support in the future.

"Developers need better methods of interacting with mixed architecture, system-on-chip (SoC) solutions to collect, analyze and fix system bugs in a faster and more efficient way," said Lester Perera, Debug product manager, ARM. "The ARM RealView Debugger product addresses this need, providing the essential tools to shorten overall time spent in debug."

About the ARM RealView Development Solution
RealView tools provide designers with the best solution for creating and analyzing systems based on ARM technology. They are designed and used by the same engineers who create the ARM architecture. ARM tools are exposed to the highest level of pre- and post-silicon evaluation and development. As a result, the ARM RealView development solution provides the broadest possible range of support for future ARM architectures and derivatives. ARM RealView tools are fully integrated and provide a complete solution to any design or SoC integration challenge, giving the developer higher confidence in first silicon and a faster time-to-market.

The complete ARM RealView development solution includes:

  • RealView compilation tools including a C and C++ compiler, assembler and linker – now available as a stand-alone package
  • RealView debug solution made up of the RealView Debugger product, RealViewICE emulator and RealView Trace module
  • Boards and platforms including the industry-proven Integrator™ family

Pricing and Availability
ARM has restructured its tools offering into a range of components and packages. RealView development tools will be available in a variety of combinations according to individual requirements, ranging from a single RealView Debugger solution priced at US$2,000, to a complete debug solution including multi-core debug option, trace and the RealViewICE emulator, at US$12,000. The full range of components and packages will be available in Q4 2002, both directly from ARM and through its distributor network.

About ARM
ARM is the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions. The company licenses its high-performance, low-cost, power-efficient RISC processors, peripherals, and system-on-chip designs to leading international electronics companies. ARM also provides comprehensive support required in developing a complete system. ARM's microprocessor cores are rapidly becoming a volume RISC standard in such markets as portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded solutions. More information on ARM is available at www.arm.com.


ARM and ARM Powered are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. RealView, RealView Debugger, RealView Trace and RealViewICE are trademarks of ARM Limited. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. "ARM" is used to represent ARM Holdings plc (LSE: ARM and Nasdaq: ARMHY); its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; and ARM China.


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