UltraSoC Technologies Ltd announced today that it had been granted patents for its pioneering debug hub. This innovation enables a single physical chip interface, such as USB or PCIe, to be used simultaneously for normal system communications and for the purpose of debugging and on-chip analytics. IP for 2.0 is already licensable and is under development for USB 3.x and PCIe.
The major advantages of using USB, or similar, is that, unlike dedicated debug interfaces such as JTAG, they are readily accessible in the final form of products like smartphones and do not require any additional chip pins in order to provide high-performance access. The unique approach requires no changes to the software at either end of connections like USB. This not only enables chip suppliers to debug their devices, but also provides the OEM with the crucial ability to enhance their product’s performance and power through advanced on-chip analytic applications.
Dr Andrew Hopkins, Chief Technology Officer of UltraSoC, said, “The recently granted patents further demonstrate the novelty and inventiveness of the UltraDebug® silicon-IP platform. UltraDebug® has been designed holistically for the whole-system, comprising the IP components needed to understand even the most complex interactions, which can now be partnered with the advanced off-chip connectivity needed”
UltraSoC’s Graham Pink said, “This can revolutionise the process of product debug, which is often a struggle for an OEM, where normally the only way to solve a problem is to rip apart the product and try to access the hidden test pins on the various devices squeezed together on a PWB. Now you can do this by plugging in a USB cable”.