50 MHz High-Speed Debug Access:UDE 2.4 supports AMCC’s high-end PowerPC 440SPe

Lauta, (PresseBox) - pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme GmbH presents at embedded world 2008 in Hall 10, Booth 215 a new version of its Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 2.4, tailored to the special features of AMCC’s high-end PowerPC 440Spe.

The PowerPC 440SPe embedded I/O processor, based on Book E enhanced PowerPC architecture, is predominantly used in high-performance embedded data storage and network applications and operates with speeds of up to 667MHz. High-speed Processor Local Bus (PLB) supports 10.4GB/s. peak bandwidth. A further excellent feature are the high-performance peripheral functions of the device which includes, three PCI Express Interfaces, a DDR I/DDR II SDRAM Controller, 10/100/1000 Ethernet MAC and a two-channel DMA controller.

In combination with pls’ Universal Access Device 2 (UAD2), the Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 2.4 offers users of the AMCC440Spe a 50 MHz high-speed debug access via JTAG. The resulting download rates not only enable an extremely fast flash programming and simulated I/O, but as a rule, also lead to a significant reduction of turnaround time during development.

The UDE 2.4 provides unlimited support of all hardware enabled features such as code and data breakpoints. This is also applicable for the testing of program code in the area of memory cache. Support of the Memory Management Unit (MMU) by the debugger furthermore, allows the designer a transparent access to memory and register of the core. A configuration of the cache and the MMU is comfortably possible via initialization commands.

The intuitive and configurable user interface of the UDE 2.4 supports users of the AMCC440SPe with unlimited C/C++ support, a high-performance symbol browser, freely configurable toolbars, comprehensive contextual menus and HTML as description language for user specific windows. Furthermore, the use of standard scripting language guarantees a high level of automation.

Additionally an adaption for the AMCC440SPe of the well-known real time operating system CMX was made by pls. A board support package for AMCC’s Katmai Board is also available.

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 almost 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 and 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, PowerArchitecture, SH 2A, XC2000/XE166, ARM, Cortex, 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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