nRF91 Series Devices
Tracing on Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160
This article describes how to get started with trace on the Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160 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 Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160 MCU implements tracing via pins and ETB, so J-Link Plus or higher can be used for ETB tracing and a J-Trace PRO for pin tracing. Examples for both types follow below.
In order to use trace on the Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160 MCU devices, the following minimum requirements have to be met:
- J-Link software version V6.52 or later
- Ozone V2.70 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 for tracing via Pins, for the ETB example a J-Link Plus is sufficient
- Tracepin connection like on the nRF9160-DK eval board
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 nRF9160 DK board. 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. The Ozone project will set two breakpoints, one after the trace init and one at main. This is needed due to some specifics of this device that are further explained in section Specifics/Limitations.
The following sample project is designed to be used with J-Trace PRO and Ozone to demonstrate ETB trace. The project has been tested with the minimum requirements mentioned above and a nRF9160 DK board. 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.
Solder trace header Trace init only via application
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.
Trace clock signal quality
The trace clock signal quality shows multiple trace clock cycles on the tested hardware as reference.
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.