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Topic: [OT] Motorola 68k, someone experienced with CodeICE ? (Read 828 times) previous topic - next topic

dally

hi guys
I think it's not the best place to ask because it is not for Arduino, which has good tools like AVR Dragon and Atmel ICE.

I am looking for someone experienced with CodeICE made by Applied Microsystems to support Motorola in their 68K cpu family. The first generation is called 68000, it is 35 years old, so it's more than deprecated for new designs because not supported since a while. CodICEs were used in Avionics before they switched to PowerPC (which are currently in use), so if you are lucky you can find an obsolete professional tool for a few hundred bucks instead of thousand bucks.

A recycler has provided me an offer, just 200 USD for a full working CodeICE, but I have no experience with such equipment and i't like to have a little talk, we say "to have a feedback" from an experienced user.

Someone had fun with CodeICE/0x0?

westfw

Do you have 68000 systems to debug?  Something named "ICE" is probably a debugging tool (like the Atmel ICE) rather than a development board like an Arduino or Xplained Mini.  Also, it looks to be one of those products with separate "heads" for each processor it needs to support, so if yours comes with only a 68030 head, and you want to debug a 68010, them you're screwed.

I did extensive programming of 68k family chips, back in the day.  We debugged them the way most people debug arduinos - over a serial port (now, we had a "rom monitor" with breakpoints, and a gdb stub, in addition to print, but still...)


dally

Do you have 68000 systems to debug?
of course!

Also, it looks to be one of those products with separate "heads" for each processor it needs to support, so if yours comes with only a 68030 head, and you want to debug a 68010, them you're screwed.
I was offered exactly the equipment that suits my hw, including the cpu-pod. I am fine with that.

Doubts on the software side. CodeICE needs a control program, it's available for Microsoft Windows under the name of "MWX-ICE/Win". Currently I do not have it, and I have no informations about.

From what I have read from the brochure, the support list includes { MRI, DIAB, GNU, Intermetrics, Greenhills }

I wonder about the GNU toolchain support, I can't find more informations.

We debugged them
which kind of applications ?

We debugged them the way most people debug arduinos
over a serial port (now, we had a "rom monitor" with breakpoints, and a gdb stub, in addition to print, but still...)
I know monitors, I am experienced with mon68k (especially because it uploads S19), and I have already developed and used a gdb-stub, but let me say … but now I want to try something not intrusive, especially if I want to play with RTOS toys, and I am tempted by the CodeICE because of its convenient profiling and code coverage support, plus the instruction trace feature which claims to capture 64K frames of execution history that will verify the correct performance of the software and hardware, and help pinpoint errors that may occur in the program’s execution.

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