Introduction to Tracing


Hardware tracing is a powerful debugging technique that provides deep insights into the runtime behavior of an ECU. Properly utilizing the hardware trace capabilities of a microcontroller makes it easier to write efficient code and to find bugs quicker.

In this webinar we will provide an overview of hardware trace techniques (such as program flow, data, and instrumentation trace), and discuss different types of trace recording (on-chip trace, parallel, or AURORA trace interface). We then demonstrate a typical trace workflow based on two common microcontroller architectures (Infineon AURIX and PowerPC with NEXUS trace) live in winIDEA. 

Live recording is available here.

When: Thursday,May 7th, 3pm CET (UTC+1)
Who:Felix Martin, Systems Engineer, iSYSTEM USA 
  • 5:00 - What is trace?
  • 7:42 - Trace with code example
  • 11:52 - Example Use-Case OS / RTE Profiling
  • 16:28 - Trace Techniques
  • 19:24 - Trace Interfaces
  • 26:21 - winIDEA live demo "Hello, world! Running Task/ISR Profiling" with microcontroller Chorus 4M - SPC58EC80, Operating system: ETAS RTA-OS
  • 39:34 - winIDEA live demo "Post-mortem debugging program flow trace", microcontroller Infineon TriCore AURIX 2G - TC399XE
  • 53:20 - Questions and answers

Additional information: iSYSTEM Trace Tutorial



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