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ian west
Oct 15, 2019
In Device Support
Hi, I'm attempting to modify the basic firmware, and I'm progressing quite well however there are a couple of sneaky scenarios which require a lower level debugging capability. Can you please advise how you debug the firmware, on the device? I've modified the firmware to call 'AudioMoth_setupSWOForPrint' at the end of AudioMoth_initialise() and added a couple of debug statements such as printf("Debugging enabled"); Throughout the code, being executed. These changes, along with my other alterations were then successfully flashed to the AudioMoth device. I've then connected my J-Link debug probe, which appears to support the EFM32WG980F256 chip. 1. PC -> USB -> AudioMoth USB plug (normal USB connection for an AudioMoth) 2. PC -> USB -> JLink Debug Probe -> SWD via Dupont Connectors -> AudioMoth Debug pads Here's a couple of photos to highlight what I'm doing. Sure, those connections are soldered a little rough but have been verified to be fine. As a simple dump, here's what I'm using. I'm expecting you're doing something similar when modifying the firmware. JLinkExe SEGGER J-Link Commander V6.52c (Compiled Oct 11 2019 15:44:58) DLL version V6.52c, compiled Oct 11 2019 15:44:50 .... Type "connect" to establish a target connection, '?' for help J-Link>connect Please specify device / core. <Default>: EFM32WG980F256 Type '?' for selection dialog Device> Please specify target interface: J) JTAG (Default) S) SWD T) cJTAG TIF>S Specify target interface speed [kHz]. <Default>: 4000 kHz Speed> Device "EFM32WG980F256" selected. Connecting to target via SWD Found SW-DP with ID 0x2BA01477 Scanning AP map to find all available APs AP[1]: Stopped AP scan as end of AP map has been reached AP[0]: AHB-AP (IDR: 0x24770011) Iterating through AP map to find AHB-AP to use AP[0]: Core found AP[0]: AHB-AP ROM base: 0xE00FF000 CPUID register: 0x410FC241. Implementer code: 0x41 (ARM) Found Cortex-M4 r0p1, Little endian. FPUnit: 6 code (BP) slots and 2 literal slots CoreSight components: ROMTbl[0] @ E00FF000 ROMTbl[0][0]: E000E000, CID: B105E00D, PID: 000BB00C SCS-M7 ROMTbl[0][1]: E0001000, CID: B105E00D, PID: 003BB002 DWT ROMTbl[0][2]: E0002000, CID: B105E00D, PID: 002BB003 FPB ROMTbl[0][3]: E0000000, CID: B105E00D, PID: 003BB001 ITM ROMTbl[0][4]: E0040000, CID: B105900D, PID: 003BB923 TPIU-Lite ROMTbl[0][5]: E0041000, CID: B105900D, PID: 000BB925 ETM Cortex-M4 identified. J-Link>SWORead 0 bytes read (0 bytes in host buffer) J-Link>SWOView Receiving SWO data @ 4000 kHz. Data from stimulus port 0: ----------------------------------------------- Occasionally I'll get SWO output, but its all garbled and meaningless. On other hardware I would think this was a mismatch of the receiving clock (4000 kHz), but maybe I'm attacking this incorrectly. I appreciate this is getting down into the lower levels of core programming on the device but I suspect other users may wish to also understand these debugging aspects when modifying the firmware to suit their needs also. Without a device level debugging capability the only way to check out changes is to flash the device with extra LED flashes to highlight state changes, or log to the microSD via the AudioMoth_appendFile operation. Which SWO debug probe do you use to validate changes to the base firmware? What code changes do you make to enable debugging? Are there Simplicity Studio changes which you utilise to support debugging on the device? Are you debugging the code off the device instead, on a PC using a 32-bit ARM emulator or 32-bit x86 target toolchain? Are you implementing Unit Testing on your version of the firmware?
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