Segger adds native J-Link support for Cadence Tensilica cores

Native J-Link debug probe support for selected Cadence Tensilica Processor IP DSPs is now available for SeggerJ-Link models. The Cadence Tensilica cores supported in the first implementation phase are the Tensilica Xtensa LX7 CPU, a number of Tensilica HiFi DSPs (HiFi 4, HiFi 3z, HiFi 3, and HiFi 1) and the Tensilica Fusion F1 DSP. 

The latest hardware versions of all commercial Segger J-Link models (J-Link Base, J-Link Plus, J-Link Ultra+ and J-Link Pro) now support high speed download and debugging of these configurable cores via JTAG and SWD.

“The Segger J-Link is the most widely used line of debug probes in the market,” said managing director, Ivo Geilenbruegge. “J-Links have provided solid value to embedded development for over 15 years. Unparalleled performance, an extensive feature set, a multitude of supported CPUs, and compatibility with popular development environments . . . We’re happy to add Cadence Tensilica IP to the list of supported cores.”

“The drive to push intelligence further out to the edge means that more and more MCUs and SoCs contain our Tensilica CPU and DSP IP,” said George Wall, group director of product marketing for Tensilica Xtensa Processor IP at Cadence. “The new Segger implementation enables us to use the J-Link GDB Server as a native J-Link driver in our Tensilica Xplorer integrated development environment (IDE), Wall continued. He added that the resulting performance increase enables customers to debug firmware running on Tensilica cores more quickly.

The Cadence Tensilica core support has already been added to the J-Link software pack, which is available for download from the Segger website.

Segger Microcontroller has three decades of experience in embedded systems, RTOS and software libraries, J-Link and J-Trace debug and trace probes, a line of Flasher in-system programmers and software development tools. 

Segger’s emPower OS provides an RTOS with software libraries including communication, security, data compression and storage and user interface software.

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