Tracing on Atmel ATSAMV71

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This article describes how to get started with trace on the ATMEL ATSAMV71 MCU. This article assumes that there is already a basic knowledge about trace in general (what is trace, what different implementations of trace are there, etc.). If this is not the case, we recommend to read Trace chapter in the J-Link User Manual (UM08001). The ATMEL ATSAMV71 MCU implements tracing via pins, so a J-Trace can be used for tracing.

Minimum requirements

In order to use trace on the ATMEL ATSAMV71 devices, the following minimum requirements have to be met:

  • J-Link software version V6.17a or later
  • Ozone V2.40 or later (if streaming trace and / or the sample project from below shall be used)
  • J-Trace PRO for Cortex-M HW version V1.0 or later

Sample project

Streaming trace

The following sample project is designed to be used with J-Trace PRO and Ozone to demonstrate streaming trace. The project has been tested with the minimum requirements mentioned above and a SAMV71 XPlained Ultra evalboard. The sample project comes with a pre-configured project file for Ozone that runs out-of-the box. In order to rebuild the sample project, SEGGER Embedded Studio can be used.

Atmel_ATSAMX7EA_75MHz_TraceExample.zip

Specifics/Limitations

The SAMV71 XPlained Ultra evalboard is sharing its ETM port with the on board Ethernet controller. This leads to interference on the trace signals. To counter this pin PC10 needs to be driven to low/ground which holds the Ethernet controller in reset. This can either be done in the JLinkScript file or in the hardware init of your application.

Keep in mind that Ethernet on the eval board cannot be used at the same time as ETM trace.

Tested Hardware

SAMV71 XPlained Ultra