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Lauterbach – Popular TRACE32 debuggers now support the ARMv8 architecture (ARMv8)Oct 24 2012 - Design & Manufacture [More Design & Manufacture Articles]
Lauterbach has announced that its acclaimed TRACE32 debuggers now support the ARMv8 architecture.
The ARMv8 architecture is the first ARM architecture that includes 64-bit execution, allowing processors to combine 64-bit execution with 32-bitexecution. One of the key focuses in developing this version of the ARM instruction set was to bring the energy-efficient heritage of ARM processor technology to 64-bit computing and to make a larger virtual address space available. The ARMv8 architecture introduces a new concept regarding exceptions and the handling of them.
“The ARMv8 architecture is a very exciting development for our industry,” said Barry Lock, UK manager, Lauterbach. “This is regarded as the largest architecture change in ARM’s history. We very much expect it to further expand ARM’s presence in the marketplace in addition to helping existing ARM customers develop their next generation products.”
The ARMv8 Embedded Trace Macrocell (ETMv4) provides non-intrusive program-flow trace and data trace capabilities for any of the ARMv8 architecture-based processors for full visibility into the processor’s instruction flow and enables profiling analysis. The TRACE32 tools further support the CoreSight technology for the ARMv8 architecture.
It extends the debug and trace capability to cover the entire system-on-chip including multiple ARM processors and DSPs. Switching between 64-bit and 32-bit execution mode is smoothly handled by TRACE32 to provide reliable debug support for complex applications. TRACE32 offers full OS-aware support for all popular operating systems running on asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP) or symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) systems, says the company.
“Our debug support for the ARMv8 really does demonstrate Lauterbach’s lead on technology,” added Lock. “No ARMv8 silicon is expected this year, but our tools are ready for when engineers gain access to this silicon and need to undertake serious software development.”More news from Lauterbach