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ADI BlackFin ICE100B

Started by Vladimir Vassilevsky March 8, 2011
The ADI offers ICE100B JTAG emulator for BlackFin for only $150. Is it a 
good tool? Any personal experiences, references?


Vladimir Vassilevsky
DSP and Mixed Signal Design Consultant
http://www.abvolt.com

Hi Vladimir,
I don't design with Blackfin but if i would I'd buy it because of its low
price. I often read a russian-language electronic designers forum
electronix.ru, which has a separate board related to DSP design issues, and
i haven't seen any complaints bout ICE 100B since it has been released
(November 2009), so I guess that it is quite good. Compared to the
high-performance emulator it has several drawbacks:
1. It is quite slow - 255 kBps in ICE100B vs 1.5 MBps in HPUSB emulator. 
2. It doesn't support two useful tools - statistical profiling and BTC!!! 
3. And it is supported starting with VDSP 5 update 7 only, so there is no
support in earlier software versions. 

BTW, ADI has been offering development tools bundles at significantly
discounted price now:
http://www.analog.com/en/embedded-processing-dsp/blackfin/content/blackfin_development_tools_offer/fca.html

--
Alexander

> >The ADI offers ICE100B JTAG emulator for BlackFin for only $150. Is it a >good tool? Any personal experiences, references? > > >Vladimir Vassilevsky >DSP and Mixed Signal Design Consultant >http://www.abvolt.com > >
It works fine for me, even a bit more robust against power-down of the 
target system than the USB-ICE was.

Mechanically, tt is a PCB which may not fit directly into any target system.

Best regards,

Andre


On 09.03.2011 00:58, Vladimir Vassilevsky wrote:
> > The ADI offers ICE100B JTAG emulator for BlackFin for only $150. Is it a > good tool? Any personal experiences, references? > > > Vladimir Vassilevsky > DSP and Mixed Signal Design Consultant > http://www.abvolt.com >