Debug Probes

Ashling have over thirty years’ experience in developing tools for embedded systems engineers including high-speed Debug and Trace Probes supporting a broad range of MCUs, SoCs and Soft (FPGA) based designs. We have developed “best-in-class” probes for a number of different vendors based on the following on-chip debug and trace standards:

  • ARM CoreSight™
  • MIPS EJTAG, PCTRACE and OCI
  • RISC-V Debug and Trace
  • The industry standard  IEEE-ISTO 5001™ (NEXUS 5001) as used by Synopsys DesignWare® ARC® cores and NXP Power architectures. 
  • JTAG (IEEE 1149.1) and cJTAG (IEEE 1149.7) industry standards

Ashling Debug probes support:

  • Up to 3MB/s download speeds making it suitable for large, complex, software-intensive projects.
  • Fast, trouble-free “plug-and-play” installation using USB 2.0 High-Speed Interface (480Mb/s)
  • Powered by USB interface – no external power-supply required
  • Fine-grained adjustment of cJTAG/JTAG clock frequency from 1kHz to 100MHz
  • Auto-conditioning support provides maximum possible download speed to target with fastest cJTAG/JTAG clock frequencies
  • Hot-plug support – allows connection to a running target without resetting or halting
  • Supports target operating voltages from 0.9V to 3.6V – probe detects and automatically configures for the appropriate target voltage
  • Configurable Target-Reset and Test-Port-Reset, under full user control
  • Built-in diagnostics instantly show status of Target, Debug Probe and USB link
  • Display/read/write of target system memory and peripheral registers
  • Support for all on-chip hardware breakpoints – unlimited software breakpoints
  • Run/stop control of target application including go, halt, step over, step into and step out of
  • Multi-core debug support – up to 256 cores on single or multiple interfaces
  • Universal hardware platform for all popular target architectures

 In addition, Ashling Trace probes support:

  • Gigabit Ethernet host interfaces
  • World’s fastest trace capture rates:
  • Parallel (up to 16-bits) trace up to 400MHz double-data rate (DDR)
  • Serial Gigabit trace – up to 4 lanes supported at speeds of up to 25.6Gb/s divided by number of lanes e.g. 6.4Gb/s for 4 lanes
  • Captured data can be independently time-stamped using a 50-bit, 5ns resolution timestamp generator
  • Large trace storage:
  • 4GB on-board trace storage memory which may be configured as a circular buffer
  • Automatic trace clock/data skew adjustment (“AUTOLOCK”) to ensure integrity of captured high-speed data; Ultra-XD automatically calibrates itself to your target’s trace data port
Ashling Smart ICE
Ultra-XD-ARC

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