SOURCE: American Arium

March 07, 2005 09:00 ET

American Arium Announces Latest Debugger Supporting ARM®, Intel XScale®, and TI OMAP™ Processors

SourcePoint™ 6.2 Supports ARM11™ and Gigabyte Trace

TUSTIN, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2005 -- American Arium, an industry leader in hardware-assisted development tools, today announced SourcePoint™ 6.2 for ARM®-Architecture processors. This latest version of the company's flagship debugger features support for ARM11™ and gigabyte trace with capture rates up to 640 MHz. SourcePoint 6.2 interfaces to Arium's LC-500 JTAG debugger and SC-1000A, GT-1000, and GT-1000D trace port analyzers.

According to ARM, ARM11 comprises a range of high performance microprocessor cores, delivering up to 740 Dhrystone 2.1 MIPS in 0.13 micron process technology. Optimized for the specific requirements of different market segments, each core is available with an optional floating point coprocessor.

SourcePoint 6.2 comes packed with new functionality. Most visible is the addition of a New Project Wizard supported by a complete target database for easy debug setup. While SourcePoint has always offered users elegant and easy-to-use GUIs, there are a number of them (e.g., project file choices, OS aware options, and emulator configuration settings including JTAG parameters, target reset, and memory map settings) that are addressed in configuring a system for optimal use. With the New Project Wizard, selecting a target initializes all of these settings. (A later view allows the user to modify them.) If a customer has a commercially available reference target, a few clicks of the mouse sets up the entire debug session!

In addition, SourcePoint's Linux OS aware feature gives embedded software developers the ability to step down from process/application to kernel code when debugging targets running Linux. "SourcePoint's application debug feature provides developers with seamless entry into kernel debugging from task debugging," according to Larry Traylor, Arium's CEO. "The developer can follow the execution path of an application into the kernel when the application makes a system call. This significantly eases debugging interaction between an application and the kernel."

Other key features of SourcePoint 6.2 include:

--  Ability to view C source code in the Trace view
--  Breakpoint issues/reporting enhancements
--  Easy access to reset options via new dialog
--  Edit mode display of the Quickwatch window
--  Ability to view a memory location casted as a variable type
SourcePoint 6.2 provides developers screens and dialogs with numerous viewing and customization options. The debugger offers code editing "on the fly" with SourcePoint™ IDE powered by Visual SlickEdit® and a "hot plugging" feature that lets a developer plug the emulator into his or her target and initiate a debug session at the point at which code has hung without resetting the target. SourcePoint supports industry-standard input file formats and includes a robust C-like command language. The debugger operates in real time with all core frequencies and works with today's most popular compiler tool chains.

About American Arium

American Arium, a privately held corporation headquartered in Tustin, CA, is a supplier of hardware and software development tools for ARM-based processors, Intel®-Architecture processors, processors based on Intel XScale technology, and AMD64 processors. American Arium tools are used worldwide to debug software in embedded applications, BIOS, device drivers, and OS kernels. The company is a member of the ARM Development Community. For more information on Arium products, call (877) 508-3970, visit, or contact: Jeff Acampora, 714-731-1661;

SourcePoint and SourcePoint IDE are trademarks of American Arium. ARM and ARM11 are trademarks or registered trademarks of ARM Ltd. Intel and Intel XScale are registered trademarks of Intel Corp. OMAP is a trademark of Texas Instruments. Visual SlickEdit is a registered trademark of SlickEdit Inc. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners and are protected therein.

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