Tracing on ST STM32F756

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This article describes how to get started with trace on the ST STM32F756 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 ST STM32F756 MCU implements tracing via pins , so a J-Trace can be used for tracing.

Minimum requirements

In order to use trace on the ST STM32F756 MCU devices, the following minimum requirements have to be met:

  • J-Link software version V6.20d or later
  • Ozone V2.46a 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 STM32756G-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.

ST_STM32F756_108MHz_TraceExample.zip

The maximum supported traceclock speed on the tested evalboard is 50 MHz according to user manual due to hardware limitations.

To use the 108 MHz example make sure that no peripherals are connected to the trace lines. If you are using the STM32756G-EVALBOARD check the manual for the needed modifications to enable higher trace speed. To lower the trace clock speed modify the PLL init in the example project accordingly. In this example the trace clock is exactly half of the core clock. So a 100 MHz core clock will result in a 50 MHz trace clock.

Note: The example is shipped with a compiled .JLinkScriptfile, should you need the original source it can be requested at support@segger.com

To create your own .JLinkScriptfile you can use the following project as reference: Tracing on SEGGER_Cortex-M_Trace_Reference_Board

Specifics/Limitations

The STM32F7xx Productfamily has additional pins that can be used for tracing. Usually only 5 Pins are mapped to have the trace functionality. In this case however multiple pinout configurations are possible over different ports even. Make sure the correct pins are connected to the trace debug header.

Tested Hardware

STM32756G-EVALBOARD

Reference trace signal quality

The following pictures show oscilloscope measurements of trace signals output by the "Tested Hardware" using the example project. All measurements have been performed using a Agilent InfiniiVision DSO7034B 350 MHz 2GSa/s oscilloscope and 1156A 1.5 GHz Active Probes. If your trace signals look similar on your trace hardware, chances are good that tracing will work out-of-the-box using the example project. More information about correct trace timing can be found at the following website.

Rise time

The rise time of a signal shows the time needed for a signal to rise from logical 0 to logical 1. For this the values at 10% and 90% of the expected voltage level get used as markers. The following picture shows such a measurement for the trace clock signal.

TCLK rise time

Setup time

The setup time shows the relative setup time between a trace data signal and trace clock. The measurement markers are set at 50% of the expected voltage level respectively. The following picture shows such a measurement for the trace data signal 0 relative to the trace clock signal.

TD0 setup time