If you’re designing and debugging high-speed logic—as you might with video or radar applications, for example—then perhaps you could use some fast debugging capability. As in really-fast. As in much, much, much faster than JTAG. EXOSTIV Labs has got a solution. It’s called the EXOSTIV FPGA Debug Probe and it uses the [bulletproof] high-speed SerDes ports that are pervasive throughout Xilinx All Programmable device families to extract debug data from running devices with great alacrity.
Here’s a 3-minute video showing the EXOSTIV FPGA Debug Probe communicating with a Xilinx Virtex UltraScale VCU108 Eval Kit, connected through the kit’s high-speed QSFP connector, creating a 50Gbps link between the board and the debugger.
Here’s a second 3-minute video with some additional information. This one shows the EXOSTIV Probe and Dashboard being used to monitor 640 signals in a high-speed video interface design:
You observe the captured data using the EXOSTIV Dashboard, as demonstrated in the above video. The probe and software can handle debug data from as many as 32,768 internal nodes per capture. The mind boggles at the potential complexity being handled here.
According to EXOSTIV, the FPGA Debug Probe and Dashboard give you 200,000x more observability into your design than the tools you might currently be using. That’s a major leap in debugging speed and capability that could save you days or weeks of debugging time.
When you’ve exhausted JTAG’s debug capabilities, consider EXOSTIV.