Technology deal set to expand RX MCU capabilities

19-07-2016 |   |  By Paul Whytock

Hardware and software development tools specialist SEGGER Microcontroller and Renesas Electronics Europe have agreed a collaboration deal aimed at expanding the capabilities of Renesas’ RX Family of 32bit microcontrollers (MCUs). This will happen by adopting SEGGER’s SystemView software.

SystemView will support streaming over J-Link, as well as real-time analysis and visualisation on any Renesas RX-based embedded design.

The software provides insight into the behavior of a program with minimal side effects on the embedded system being observed. It offers cycle accurate tracing of interrupts and task start/stop, plus task activation and API calls when an RTOS is used.

The companies say by using SEGGER's J-Link debug probe with SystemView streaming data an in-depth understanding of the application’s runtime behavior can be obtained.

Real-time analysis is particularly advantageous when dealing with complex systems consisting of multiple threads and events, and also in bare-metal systems without any RTOS.

In order to ensure real-time delivery of data and minimal system intrusiveness SystemView makes use of SEGGER’s Real-Time Transfer (RTT) technology. This enables up to 2 Mbyte/sec data transfer for continuous acquisition of real-time data, requiring no hardware other than a J-Link and the standard debug interface. The system records the data retrieved from the target and visualises the results in different ways.

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By Paul Whytock

Paul Whytock is European Editor for Electropages. He has reported extensively on the electronics industry in Europe, the United States and the Far East for over twenty years. Prior to entering journalism he worked as a design engineer with Ford Motor Company at locations in England, Germany, Holland and Belgium.

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