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Issue No.05 - September-October (2007 vol.24)
pp: 486-493
ABSTRACT
Architecture and design of debugging logic for high-speed processor chips is somewhat of an art form, requiring the design of logic intended to isolate events that have not occurred. In fact, the goal is for such events never to occur, but history has shown that there are usually a few problems that need debugging. The Cell Broadband Engine processor is a new multicore processor that pushed the design limits. This article explores some of the debugging features that were added to the Cell Broadband Engine design to help debug unknown events.
INDEX TERMS
Cell Broadband Engine, debugging, unknown events, high-speed processors
CITATION
Mack W. Riley, Mike Genden, "Cell Broadband Engine Debugging for Unknown Events", IEEE Design & Test of Computers, vol.24, no. 5, pp. 486-493, September-October 2007, doi:10.1109/MDT.2007.157
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