Electronic Design

Universal Tool Monitors Running Embedded Systems

By eliminating the need to stop an application in order to get system feedback, µC/Probe-STD saves considerable development time by allowing users to visually examine the internals of a running embedded application. As a result, developers using µC/Probe, a universal tool from Micrium, can ensure that the system is working properly or immediately identify system instabilities that are visible only when the system is live. The tool works with compilers; any 8-, 16-, 32-, and 64-bit CPU; and DSPs. It will work with any tool chain that can generate an .ELF file, eliminating the need for custom programming or scripting and thus saving additional development time.

Data is displayed graphically on a PC running Microsoft Windows, and values can be numeric or shown as gauges, bar graphs, plots, graphs, LEDs, counters, or pie charts. The quality of the visuals is such that C/Probe could be used to perform system diagnostics or as a user interface in the final product to allow field technicians to monitor the status of a device remotely. The fact that µC/Probe does not require users to write code and can operate with or without a real-time operating system saves additional development time. The initial release is designed for ARM targets and will use a J-Tag interface for data collection.

The µC /Probe-STD is available now and sold on a per-seat basis for $495. Users can download a 30-day time-limited evaluation version from www.micrium.com/products/probe/trialprobe.html.

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