UDE 3.2.1 makes introduction into the world of XMC4000 easier for developers

PLS delivers optimized debug tools for the new XMC4000 microcontroller family of Infineon

(PresseBox) (Lauta, ) Synchronized with the market launch of the new XMC4000 microcontroller (MCU) family of Infineon Technologies which is based on ARM® Cortex(TM) -M4 processor, PLS Programmierbare Logik & Systeme presents its Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 3.2.1, optimized test and debug tools for the high performance and also energy efficient SoC devices.

Both the UDE 3.2.1 and PLS' Universal Access Device 2 (UAD2) fully support the debug resources and peripherals of the new XMC4000 MCU family. The integrated FLASH/OTP programming function of the UDE guarantees maximum speeds in the entire erase-download-program-verify cycle.

In particular, the numerous possibilities for graphical representation of variables and expressions of them to physical quantities within the Universal Debug Engine are of benefit to the real-time characteristics of the new XMC4000 microcontroller family. Reading and writing of the entire main memory by the debugger without limiting the real-time behavior is possible while a program is running. This not only allows the animation of variable, registers and memory contents during runtime. The periodical recording of the program counter enables a profiling function with presentation of the percentage share of functions on the runtime of the application.

Dr. Stephan Zizala, Senior Director, Industrial and Multimarket Microcontrollers at Infineon Technologies, emphasized that the simultaneous availability of the XMC4000 MCU family and PLS' UDE 3.2.1 was intended to provide developers with a particularly fast time-to-market. "PLS provides extraordinarily powerful solutions for debugging of highly real-time oriented microcontroller applications. The tools are therefore an very good fit for our new XMC4000 microcontroller family that uses the ARM® Cortex(TM) -M4 processor and offers flexible and highly optimized real-time peripherals. Since PLS' Universal Debug Engine was already used for verification of the first chips, for testing the first XMC4000 devices and also for preparing software libraries and application examples, the UDE 3.2.1 provides developers with a sophisticated test and debug tool."

PLS also sees a significant advantage for the users in this approach. "With such complex SoC's like the devices of the XMC4000 family, which combine the characteristics of a powerful 32-bit ARM® Cortex(TM) -M4 core with the proven microcontroller peripherals from Infineon, it is extremely important for developers that a stable and sophisticated tool for development, test and maintenance is available right from the start." explained Heiko Riessland, Product Marketing Manager at PLS.

The Universal Debug Engine for the XMC4000 family is available now.

pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme GmbH

PLS Programierbare Logik & Systeme GmbH, based in Lauta, Germany, was founded in 1990 by Thomas Bauch and Dr. Stefan Weisse. With its innovative modular test and development tools, the company has demonstrated for over two decades its position as an international technology leader in the field of debuggers, emulators and trace solutions for 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers. The software architecture of the Universal Debug Engine (UDE) guarantees optimal conditions for debugging SoC-based systems. For example, by means of the intelligent use of modern on-chip debugging and on-chip trace units, valuable functions such as profiling and code coverage are available for the system optimization. Furthermore, the associated Universal Access Device (UAD2/UAD3+) product family, with transfer rates of up to 3.5 MBytes/s and a wide range of interfaces, offers entirely new dimensions for fast and flexible access to multi-core systems. Important architectures such as TriCore, Power Architecture, XC2000/XE166, ARM, Cortex, SH-2A, XScale and C166/ST10 as well as simulation platforms of different vendors are supported. For further information about the company, please visit www.pls-mc.com.

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