Tracing on Atmel ATSAMV71
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.
In order to use trace on the ATMEL ATSAMV71 devices, the following minimum requirements have to be met:
- J-Link software version V6.18c 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
To rebuild the project our IDE Embedded Studio can be used. The recommended version to rebuild the projects is V6.30. But the examples are all prebuild and work out-of-the box with Ozone, so rebuilding is not necessary.
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.
Note: The example is shipped with a compiled .JLinkScriptfile, should you need the original source, please get in touch with SEGGER directly via our support system: https://www.segger.com/ticket/.
To create your own .JLinkScriptfile you can use the following guide as reference: How_to_configure_JLinkScript_files_to_enable_tracing
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.
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.
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.
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.