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System Firmware Debugging

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If system firmware development is an art, then debugging that firmware is a fine art. The debugging process primarily takes place after understanding the platform capabilities (for both the SoC and board design), system firmware architecture, and system boot state; you also need to apply the applicable debug methodology when providing a solution. Embedded systems are highly customized to address the market needs. As the smartphone, tablet, personal computer, and household robot markets expand, silicon and platform designers have a challenge to provide ample hardware capabilities to debug the platform at the many different stages of the product life cycle. In addition, most embedded systems have a limited dedicated debug capability due to their small form factor (SFF) and fewer hardware revisions possible between prototype and mass production (MP).

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Banik, S., Zimmer, V. (2022). System Firmware Debugging. In: Firmware Development. Apress, Berkeley, CA.

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