29 Sep 2017

TASKING Embedded Profiler a boost to Infineon AURIX devices

Altium announces the release of the TASKING Embedded Profiler for TriCore, giving software developers the capability to fully utilize the performance potential of Infineon AURIX devices.

Traditionally, profiling is associated with measuring execution times of functions. Developed jointly with Infineon, the Embedded Profiler is unique in the market as it incorporates expert-level knowledge about the AURIX internal architecture and capabilities within the tool rather than simply measuring execution times. Using this environment-specific knowledge, the TASKING Embedded Profiler locates and analyzes sources of performance degradation and then offers AURIX-specific suggestions for improvement. Because of the expert knowledge of AURIX built into the tool, developers with or without knowledge of the AURIX architecture can find and fix performance issues and squeeze the maximum performance out of the device.

Usability tests have shown that the Smart Profiling Technology built into the tool dramatically increases the productivity of both novice and seasoned software developers. Often a performance bottleneck can be identified in just a fraction of the time required using traditional measurement profiling.

"We have been jointly working with TASKING on this new Embedded Profiler and it's a great tool to easily identify and implement code changes which improve performance on our AURIX hardware — without the need to have all the expert know-how of the hardware itself." explained Ralf Ködel, Marketing Director Industrial and Automotive Microcontroller at Infineon Technologies, "It will be of great benefit especially in today's challenging ADAS projects."

Kees Tieleman, product owner at TASKING commented, "With smart profiling we managed to go beyond existing intrusive profiling techniques which are based on function level cycle counts and execution times. Smart profiling is non-intrusive and provides a much more detailed and diverse insight into an application's runtime behavior and the opportunities to optimize that behavior."

After a short, non-intrusive analysis of runtime behavior, the TASKING Embedded Profiler reveals exactly which source lines and configuration settings cause the most significant slow down, what the root cause of that slowdown is, and what needs to be done to fix the specific problem. After having fixed the problem, runtimes can be compared to evaluate what speedup was achieved.

When applying this Smart Profiling Technology to code running on a new microcontroller, even small changes can significantly improve performance as the code more optimally utilizes the Aurix-specific hardware resources.

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