The FS2 System Analyzer is a real-time trace system analyzer for the QuickMIPS development platform. It combines an enhanced MIPS EJTAG FS2 BlackBox debug probe with a configurable logic analysis monitor (CLAM), in-chip logic in the QuickMIPs ESP to access as many as 128 internal nodes in the QuickMIPS programmable fabric. Trace information can be captured on-chip with up to 4KB frames of trace depth. An available option provides for high-speed streaming of the trace off-chip with depth up to 128KB, which saves on-chip resources for user logic. Cross triggering between the CLAM and the MIPS32 4Kc microprocessor core enables instructions to be stopped and traced back to the state of various signals in the fabric, or triggers on specified conditions in the programmable fabric can be used to halt the CPU. The FS2 System Analyzer is available now starting at $3,995.
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