We have been developing some exciting technologies that can save time and money during both product development and product manufacturing and will be demonstrating these powerful new features for our GDB Server for ARM devices and our CYCLONE FX programmers:
There comes a time when an embedded application becomes complex enough that it requires an operating system. This may be because of a need for rich driver libraries, or a sophisticated task scheduling engine. In either case, a developer needs an equally sophisticated debugger to provide invaluable context information of their application. To that end, PEmicro introduced OS-aware debugging in its GDB Server for ARM devices. Initial support is available now for FreeRTOS, with further OS modules to be developed. PEmicro's GDB Server for ARM devices is available for download at no cost and works with PEmicro Multilink, Cyclone, and OpenSDA hardware interfaces.
The ability to view variables and memory while a target ARM device is running has been added to PEmicro’s GDB Server Plug-in for ARM devices. This Eclipse plugin can be installed in any Eclipse-based IDE and supports the debug of ARM microcontrollers via PEmicro’s Multilink, Cyclone, and OpenSDA debug hardware. The “Real Time Expressions” view, which is part of the plugin, is similar to the normal expressions view, except that it works while the part is running.
PEmicro’s GDB server can be installed directly into an Eclipse based IDE from an update site on PEmicro’s website. This adds the ability to debug via PEmicro’s Multilink, Cyclone, and OpenSDA hardware interfaces via the standard GDB debugger. Features include flash programming, breakpoints, watchpoints, trim, memory preservation, real-time variables, semi-hosting, and more. PEmicro periodically updates the plugins on its website with new device support, new features, and bug fixes.
BOSTON - December 14, 2016 - P&E Microcomputer Systems, Inc. has announced the release of support for macOS in P&E’s Eclipse GDB Server. P&E offers a downloadable GDB server plug-in for Eclipse-based 3rd party IDE’s including those by NXP, Atollic, and Somnium. It also features full support for P&E's Multilink debug probes and Cyclone production programmers, plus NXP’s openSDA series of debuggers and programmers. Apple® users are now able to take advantage of P&E's versatile hardware solutions using NXP’s software tools and P&E’s GDB server in their preferred operating system.
"macOS" is a trademark and "Apple" is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc. "ARM" and "Cortex" are registered trademarks of ARM Limited or its subsidiaries.
BOSTON – April 20, 2015 - P&E Microcomputer Systems announced the release of Version 2.08 of its GDB Server for Kinetis® devices. The P&E GDB Server is available at no cost as an Eclipse plug-in or Windows GUI application. The latest version supports Windows 7/8 as well as Ubuntu Linux 14.04 and RHEL/CentOS 7.0.
Version 2.08 adds the following features:
Preserve memory ranges across an erase. Users can prevent parts of memory from being erased during the programming process.
Trim Kinetis devices during programming. We choose a default center frequency which can be changed in the plug-ins dialogs. This allows the internal reference frequency to be accurate on your hardware.
EEPROM partitioning capability during flash programming. Allows users, on certain devices, to set aside some flash memory for use as a pseudo-eeprom.
JTAG daisy chain support. Allows users to communicate with multiple JTAG devices on the same bus.
Attach to a running part during debug session. Launches the client in a way that does not disturb the state of the target device.
Kinetis is a registered trademark of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
BOSTON – September 9, 2014 - P&E Microcomputer Systems has developed a new pipelined version of its flash programming engine for Kinetis and other ARM® Cortex™ devices with more than 4KB of RAM by leveraging some unique aspects of the architecture. This pipelining mechanism improves already fast programming rates by up to 50%.
Support has been released for most Kinetis devices with other device support to follow. The pipelined algorithms are available for use with the latest software/firmware versions of: Cyclone MAX, Cyclone for ARM devices, PROGACMP, Freescale's CodeWarrior and Kinetis Design Studio, and P&E's GDB Server.
Cyclone users will need the latest version of the software for their Cyclone to use the pipelined algorithms. The latest Cyclone MAX software is available to download from P&E's support center. The latest Cyclone for ARM devices software will be made available shortly. Contact P&E to update to the latest version of PROGACMP.
ARM is a registered trademark and Cortex is a trademark of ARM Limited.
BOSTON – November. 21, 2012 - P&E Microcomputer Systems announced the addition of the GDB Server for Kinetis® devices to its industry-leading roster of tools for Freescale devices. P&E's support for Freescale's Kinetis microcontrollers now includes the ability to use GNU GDB tools with P&E's lineup of Kinetis-compatible hardware interfaces. These include the all-in-one Multilink Universal development interface and its high-speed counterpart, the Multilink Universal FX, as well as the production-ready Cyclone MAX automated programmer and debug interface. The GDB Server for Kinetis devices also supports the OpenSDA and OSJTAG embedded debug circuitry incorporated into many of Freescale's Tower and Freedom development boards.
Users are invited to read more information and download a trial version of P&E's GDB Server for Kinetis devices.