Arm/Cortex Hardware-based Tools at a Glance


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Hardware-based Debuggers
Off-Chip Parallel Traces
Off-Chip Serial Traces



The following tool overview applies to Cortex®-A/-M/-R, Cortex®-X, Neoverse™ and SecurCore®; but also to the legacy Arm cores Arm7™, Arm9™ and Arm11™.  

Hardware-based Debuggers


    
Debug Cable
  
CombiProbe 2
  
MicroTrace
Can be used for All Arm/Cortex cores All Arm/Cortex cores Cortex-M
Multicore with other
core architectures
Yes Yes No
Number of
physical debug ports
1
  
2
  
1
  
On-chip trace
  
Included for Cortex-M,
otherwise license required
Included for Cortex-M,
otherwise license required
Included
  
Off-chip trace
  

No

  
4-bit parallel trace support for
Cortex-M and STM included
4-bit parallel trace support
included
Off-chip trace
extension possible
Yes
  
Yes
  
No
  
 

Off-Chip Parallel Traces


    
Off-Chip Trace Extension
(PowerTrace and
Preprocessor AutoFocus II)
  
CombiProbe 2
  
MicroTrace
Trace data lines Up to 32 Up to 4 Up to 4
Max. speed 600+ MBit/s per data line
for a port width up to 16-bit

350 MBit/s per data line
for a port width up to 32-bit
Up 400 MBit/s per data line Up 400 MBit/s per data line
Max. Trace buffer size Up to 8 GByte 512 MByte 256 MByte
Max. trace streaming 400 MByte/s 200MByte/s 200MByte/s
Core trace All Arm/Cortex cores Cortex-M only Cortex-M only
Instrumentation trace Yes Yes Yes
ARTI profiling Yes Yes Yes
 

Off-Chip Serial Traces


    
Off-Chip Trace Extension
(PowerTrace and
Preprocessor Aurora)
  
Off-Chip Trace Extension
(PowerTrace Serial
Aurora)
  
Off-Chip Trace Extension
(PowerTrace Serial
PCIe)
Trace data lanes Up to 4 Up to 8 Up to 8
Max. speed 4 lanes @ 5.00 Gbit/s
otherwise @ 6.25 Gbit/s
Up to 12.5 Gbit/s per lane Up to 8 Gbit/s per lane
(PCIe Gen 3)
Max. Trace buffer size Up to 8 GByte 4 GByte 4 GByte
Max. trace streaming 400 MByte/s 400 MByte/s 400 MByte/s
Core trace All Arm/Cortex cores All Arm/Cortex cores All Arm/Cortex cores
Instrumentation trace Yes Yes Yes
ARTI profiling Yes, (timestamped
messages required)
Yes, (timestamped
messages required)
Yes, (timestamped
messages required)




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