SOURCE: American Arium

March 25, 2005 09:00 ET

American Arium Announces Release of SourcePoint™ 7.1

Arium's Newest Debugger Lets Developers View PCI Devices With Ease

TUSTIN, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 25, 2005 -- American Arium, an industry leader in hardware-assisted development tools, today announced the release of SourcePoint™ 7.1, its flagship debug interface. SourcePoint 7.1 offers a number of key features, including a new view that displays PCI devices, SMM support for AMD processors, an expanded command language, and connectivity for ASSET InterTech Inc.'s support of Intel's IBIST (Interconnect Built-In Self Test) technology. SourcePoint 7.1 works in concert with the Arium ECM-50 emulator.

The most visible of the enhancements to SourcePoint is the PCI Devices view, which allows the user to display a list of PCI devices on the target system. The window can browse the standard configuration data for a PCI device, displaying the data for the first 64 bytes of the PCI configuration space (0x0-0x3F) with labels for associated registers' common definitions. A PCI Registers window shows detailed information for the specific PCI device, including the names and values of all registers.

SourcePoint 7.1 includes a number of new commands, many of which affect messaging in the ITP hardware. In addition, a new Cause control variable returns a string indicating the reason for the last target stop. These and other new commands are expected to be of considerable value to users in the debug stage of development.

SourcePoint has also been augmented with System Management Mode (SMM) debug for AMD processors. Developers can set breakpoints and debug code in this mode with the same speed and reliability available in other modes. The latest debugger from Arium now also supports Intel® Itanium® 2 processors with the ECM-50 emulator, a feature not available in SourcePoint 7.0.

Arium's SourcePoint 7.1/ECM-50 tool set has also been designed for use as the communications vehicle between ASSET InterTech's ScanWorks® software and a target with Intel's next-generation embedded test technology, IBIST. ScanWorks is the only JTAG test system currently supporting IBIST, which Intel reportedly plans to embed into many of its chips in the future to lower the overall cost of testing and more effectively validate high-speed buses such as PCI Express (PCIe), Fully Buffered DIMM (FBD), and others.

The SourcePoint 7.1/ECM-50 debug solution offers outstanding run control and execution trace, giving the program and firmware developer unsurpassed visibility to and manipulation of code via a series of intuitive screens and dialogs with numerous viewing and customization options. SourcePoint operates in real time with all core frequencies and works with today's most popular compiler tool chains. It supports industry-standard input file formats and includes a robust C-like command language.

Contact your local sales representative for details on SourcePoint 7.1 and the ECM-50 or visit our Web site at

About American Arium

American Arium designs and manufactures emulators, reference boards, and related development tools for Intel®, AMD, and ARM®-based processors. Arium tools are used worldwide to debug software such as embedded applications, BIOS/EFI Framework, device drivers, and OS kernels. American Arium is headquartered in California and sells its products directly and through a network of distributors worldwide. For more information, contact Jeff Acampora, vice president, Sales & Marketing, at

SourcePoint is a trademark of American Arium. ScanWorks is a registered trademark of ASSET InterTech, Inc. All trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners and are protected therein.

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