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USB 2.0-based on-chip debug supports Freescale cores

Posted: 27 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Macgraigor? usb2Demon? BDM interface?

BDM interface device

Macraigor Systems LLC recently announced its usb2Demon background debug mode (BDM) interface device that supports debugging and control of Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s ColdFire family of 32bit microprocessors. The OCDemon product family is said to offer the industry's most advanced price-sensitive solution for designing, debugging and programming embedded hardware and application software.

Macraigor has added support for the Freescale ColdFire processor family to their free, pre-built GNU tools and has included sample configurations for most standard Freescale ColdFire evaluation boards. These examples contain source, gdbinit and make files for each board, allowing developers to quickly build, download and debug via GDB. Macraigor has committed to supporting future ColdFire family variants as they become available. In addition, the company's Flash Programmer is updated to support the ColdFire family, providing BDM-based in-circuit flash programming of both internal ColdFire Flash and externally-connected devices.

Macraigor's debug solutions include a broad range of hardware interface devices and application programs. These provide embedded systems engineers flexibility in selecting a host interface and an appropriate price/performance ratio for their embedded projects. Hardware debug devices are available with parallel, serial, USB or Ethernet connectivity to both Windows and Linux host machines. Debug application programs are available to support an embedded project through the entire development cycle, from troubleshooting a prototype hardware design to writing and debugging boot code, programming in-circuit Flash devices, developing application-level software and supporting manufacturing burn-in and testing.

"The Freescale ColdFire architecture is designed to enable manufacturers of audio, video, graphics and communications products to meet and exceed users' price/performance demands," said Craig Haller, chief engineer at Macraigor Systems. "The OCDemon technology is a proven on-chip debug solution that will help accelerate our customers' development of real-time processing applications."

ColdFire usb2Demon is immediately available starting at $750. Available free on the Macraigor website is a version of OCDRemote, allowing users to use other versions of the GNU toolset with Macraigor's hardware.

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