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Topview DSP Debugger
Topview DSP Debugger is an important facility meant for developing TMS320C50 based embedded solutions. Debugging is an inevitable part in any tool suite required to develop applications in real time. A right debugging tool may save a lot of development time in any product development process.
This Debugger is a two part program in which major part stays inside the DSP hardware and keeps track of internal operation of the C50. This information is transferred to the host computer to which it is connected. Since it is residing in the target hardware, sometimes it is also called 'Remote Monitor'
Second part of the debugger operates in the host computer and is responsible for presenting the information received from the target DSP hardware in a most useful format using a GUI environment.
When you establish a reliable communication link between the DSP hardware and the host personal computer, the Topview Debugger automatically comes into action.
The Debugger presents a GUI environment into which the ClearView Window structure gives facility for viewing complete information on the internal working of the C50.
Debugger sports following features
Each of these facilities are meant to give the DSP user the required power to study the field proven DSP hardware, then undertake DSP experiments to sharpen his/her knowledge and impart required confidence to undertake DSP based applications with ease.
ClearView Window Structure
This is an optimized structure where windows are strategically placed in the display. Total display area is divided into three parts, which display the program lines, contents of the data memory and the contents of all the internal registers.
Developing Target Program Code
Topview Debugger enables you to develop your target program code in convenient ways. The powerful built-in editor gets your raw program code and calls an external assembler software and pass the edited program into that for assembling.
The assembler output can be captured and viewed along with your input program in the editor. Also, viewing the list file (coming out of assembler) by the side of input assembly file enables you to view the details of error and the location. You can easily correct input file errors before assembling it again. Useful feature when troubleshooting the program.
There is an optional facility to load the assembled program into the specific DSP program memory space.
Debugger also sports a single line assembler in which you can activate the program memory window and key in program lines one by one.
Program Execution Facilities
Topview Debugger gives you the power to execute your target program code in a variety of ways to suit your needs.
During each execution, the ClearView updates all the relevant windows and present changed contents in different colors to draw your attention.
These facilities will become very helpful when developing complicated program codes.
Graphical Facility to generate Time Domain and Frequency Domain Waveforms
This is another useful feature in which you can convert the sampled data into meaningful waveforms. You can generate both Frequency Domain and Time Domain Waveforms. These graphical windows are complete in all respects and you can read any coordinate of the waveform by just moving the mouse cursor.
You can generate line graphs and bar graphs. Zoom in/out facilities are also available. You can even print out this waveform using any standard printer.
Built-in Program Examples
Since the DSP subject is a complicated one, the debugger comes with a lot of tested and proven examples to give you a quick start in learning the DSP algorithms. These examples cover a wide range of algorithms.