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iSYSTEM Introduces Industry's First WIRELESS DEBUGGER
Connecting to the target without a cable - Wireless Debugging of Embedded Systems
The iONE-BT consists of two modules:
1. A debug module which attaches to the target via standard connections (ie, JTAG) and which contains a Bluetooth antenna.
2. A Bluetooth dongle which attaches to the host PC by USB.
Besides allowing wireless access from the PC running winIDEA/testIDEA across a lab to a target connected to the iONE-BT, this new wireless debugging capability opens doors for embedding debuggers in harsh environments. An example: A company embeds some controller inside a device which in turn is deployed in a field or a mine. Once placed and sealed in the container, it is extremely difficult and expensive to open the container and retrieve the controller for the purpose of debugging the application or re-flashing the device. Wireless access (up to 10 meters) allows this to be accomplished in the field with minimal cost and time.
iSYSTEM also offers options for a SuperCap or battery power module. The SuperCap module receives its power input from the target system. While power from the target is available, it directly supplies the iONE-BT module and charges an integrated back-up energy storage element. When the target is unpowered, the iONE-BT is supplied by the back-up energy storage.
The Bluetooth communication is compliant to Bluetooth standard 3.0. The transmit power is Class 2 (typ. 0dBm) with a range of approximately 10m. The bandwidth is approximately 2.1 Mbit/second. Operating voltage is 3.3V.
The system will be demonstrated for the first time in Germany at the Embedded Software Engineering Congress in Sindelfingen December 3.-5., 2013 as well as Embedded World February 25 - 27, 2014 in Nuremberg.
The iONE-BT will be first available as a debugger for the ARM Cortex-M family of microcontrollers. Other cores will be supported in the future. The debugging and trace analysis interface, winIDEA, along with options such as testIDEA, are identical for the iONE-BT as for all of the other iSYSTEM hardware debug modules, such as the iC5000. The iONE-BT will be available for the ARM Cortex-M at the end of Q1, 2014.
For more information about iSYSTEM's new Wireless Debugger, and all of the development tools from iSYSTEM, visit iSYSTEM's website at: www.isystem.com.
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