What's the 4-1-1 on 3.1.1?
By Emeka Nwafor
We have just announced that we are taking orders for Wind River Workbench On-Chip Debugging version 3.1.1. Here’s some infomation (i.e. “the 4-1-1”) on this release. Version 3.1.1 is a significant update to the software and firmware that powers our JTAG debugger units – the Wind River ICE 2 and the Wind River Probe. A couple of the highlights include our support for RMI Corporation’s XLR and XLS processor lines, a new capability that strengthens our support for multicore and multithreaded processors. This component of the release was the result of some hard work and great teaming between the folks at RMI, our professional services organization, and our engineering team in Canton. The other thing that has our team excited is that version 3.1.1 introduces support for Intel Architecture starting with support for the Intel Atom product family. Intel Architecture support in our on-chip debugging solutions extends our existing coverage for ARM, MIPS, and PowerPC. These different architectures are supported using firmware updates to the same physical hardware – this is something that our clients have told me that they appreciate since the same debug solution can be used across multiple projects in there heterogeneous environments. I tend to feel a certain amount of pride everytime we execute a new release, but I’m particularly proud and nostalgic about this release. I’m proud because our clients are jazzed that we are expanding our optimized-for-multicore JTAG debugging solution to the Intel Architecture and are pleased that we have a non-intrusive debug solution for Intel that helps to abstract the debugging of operating systems and the stuff running on them – including operating systems like VxWorks and Wind River Linux.