Debugging Embedded and Real-Time Systems

Debugging Embedded and Real-Time Systems

The Art, Science, Technology, and Tools of Real-Time System Debugging

1st Edition - July 17, 2020

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  • Author: Arnold Berger
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128178126
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128178119

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Debugging Embedded and Real-Time Systems: The Art, Science, Technology and Tools of Real-Time System Debugging gives a unique introduction to debugging skills and strategies for embedded and real-time systems. Practically focused, it draws on application notes and white papers written by the companies who create design and debug tools. Debugging Embedded and Real Time Systems presents best practice strategies for debugging real-time systems, through real-life case studies and coverage of specialized tools such as logic analysis, JTAG debuggers and performance analyzers. It follows the traditional design life cycle of an embedded system and points out where defects can be introduced and how to find them and prevent them in future designs. It also studies application performance monitoring, the execution trace recording of individual applications, and other tactics to debug and control individual running applications in the multitasking OS. Suitable for the professional engineer and student, this book is a compendium of best practices based on the literature as well as the author’s considerable experience as a tools’ developer.

Key Features

  • Provides a unique reference on Debugging Embedded and Real-Time Systems
  • Presents best practice strategies for debugging real-time systems
  • Written by an author with many years of experience as a tools developer
  • Includes real-life case studies that show how debugging skills can be improved
  • Covers logic analysis, JTAG debuggers and performance analyzers that are used for designing and debugging embedded systems


Professional embedded systems engineers, software engineers developing embedded systems, students studying embedded systems

Table of Contents

  • 1. What’s the Problem?
    2. A Systematic Approach to Debugging
    3. Best practices for Debugging Software
    4. Best practices for Debugging Hardware
    5. In HW/SW Integration Phase
    6. An Overview of the Tools for Embedded Design and Debug
    7. Systems-on-Chip (FPGAs with embedded cores)
    8. Using On-Chip Debug Resources
    9. Testing Methods for Isolating Defects
    10. Defects in Real-time systems
    11. Debugging Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS)
    12. Serial communications systems
    13. Networked systems
    14. Memory Systems
    15. The Future

Product details

  • No. of pages: 302
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2020
  • Published: July 17, 2020
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128178126
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128178119

About the Author

Arnold Berger

Arnold Berger has a Ph.D. in Material Science from Cornell University, with 20+ years of industrial experience, from hardware design engineer to Director of Research and Development (R&D) at several companies including Ford Motor Company, Hewlett-Packard, Advanced Micro Devices and Applied Microsystems. Dr. Berger has over 15 years’ teaching experience and was the first Chair of the Division of Engineering and Mathematics in the School of STEM. Dr. Berger has published over 60 papers, holds four patents and has authored two textbooks on computer architecture and embedded design. His research interests include designing tools for debugging embedded systems, enabling remote access of student lab experiments, and automatic plagiarism detection.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, University of Washington, Bothell, USA

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