Arium Offers Headless Linux Support for ARM and Intel XScale Processors

8/11/2004 - American Arium, an industry leader in software debug and integration tool development, announced support for ARM and Intel XScale® systems running Linux. An industry first, Arium's hardware-assisted solution lets users seamlessly debug full kernel and processes/applications simultaneously on systems that have neither serial nor network ports.

"Our new Linux target debug solution is designed to improve users' productivity on an exponential scale," said Larry Traylor, Arium's CEO. "In the past, there was no easy way to debug interactions between applications and the kernel because there was little or no visibility until kernel and console drivers were working. With Arium's flagship SourcePointTM debugger, developers can see everything from the launch of kernel boot code through the beginning of the initial process, even on 'headless' targets. And they can do it in a Windows-like environment, making the debug process a lot more user friendly and easier to use."

Arium's latest addition to its suite of feature-rich debugging tools offers a number of new capabilities, including:

With SourcePoint and Arium's SC-1000A or LC-500 emulator, this debug solution supports concurrent debugging of Linux kernel code and Linux application processes via two new GUIs. One lists Linux processes and serves as the primary interface for task debugging. The other emulates multiple terminals that serve as the Linux system console and as the standard input and output device for processes launched for debugging.

SourcePoint utilizes Debug Communication Channel (DCC) hardware to communicate over the JTAG port with code on the target, eliminating the need for any serial or network hardware as a prerequisite for debugging. As a result, the console is available from power-up without any other hardware dependencies except the processor core and the JTAG debug port.

When debugging application programs on a Linux embedded target, SourcePoint uses the functionality of gdb to initiate and monitor the application program. “One of the most compelling features of this solution is the ability for the user to debug his Linux kernel at source level,” Todd Selbo, product marketing manager at American Arium, said. “There is immense value to driver and kernel developers to see their source code execute on a line-by-line basis and see inside processor functions. This solution provides developers with the ability to perform hardware-assisted debugging to bring up new hardware while also providing source-level debugging capabilities for the Linux kernel and associated device drivers."

Arium's Linux OS aware hardware-assisted SourcePoint 6.1 debugger operates in company with Arium's SC-1000A or LC-500 JTAG emulators, all of which are available now. For more information, contact American Arium.

About American Arium
American Arium, a privately held corporation, is a supplier of hardware and software development tools for ARM and Intel XScale processors, Intel IA-32 and IA-64 processors, and AMD64 processors. American Arium tools are used worldwide to debug software in embedded applications, BIOS, device drivers, and OS kernels. Additional information can be found at

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