PLS’ UDE supports NXP's new S32K3 MCU family

November 22, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
PLS’ UDE supports NXP's new S32K3 MCU family
System developers benefit from versatile visualization capabilities

The latest version of the Universal Debug Engine (UDE) from software tool vendor PLS Programmierbare Logik & Systeme (Lauda, Germany) provides extensive debug and trace functions for NXP Semiconductors’ new S32K3 automotive MCU family. S32K3 MCUs are based on the Arm Cortex-M7 core in single, dual and lockstep configurations for use in ISO 26262 functional safety applications up to ASIL D. Devices are offered in a range of flash memory sizes and pin-counts and include the latest security and connectivity peripherals. Complementing this is a package of safety-compliant Real-Time Drivers software for Autosar and non-Autosar applications, and safety and multi-core communication framework software.

In addition PLS provides multiple visualization options for application states directly in the UDE user interface enabling debugging, system analysis and testing of S32K3 MCUs. For MCUs with the dual-core configuration, debug functions such as multi-core run control for synchronous stop & start and multicore breakpoints are available. The latter are very useful in applications with shared code. Debugging and run-time analysis of multi-core applications is performed efficiently and in a user-friendly manner in a single debug session and within a common debugger instance. In addition, the Memtool integrated in UDE provides functions that enable easy and safe programming of flash memory.

Particularly beneficial for getting started with S32K3 application development is the simple and intuitive handling of the UDE user interface. This gives developers an unusually large amount of freedom to adapt to their individual preferences and needs. When moving to the S32K3 MCU family from another microcontroller only minimal training effort is required. For automated debugging and testing the UDE also offers comprehensive scripting support with a unique feature being its independence from a specific scripting language. Thanks to the use of Microsoft COM as the base technology for the UDE's software API, developers can keep using their preferred scripting language such as Python, Perl, or JavaScript.

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