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Reversible debugger supports Android, ARM processors

Posted: 20 Dec 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Undo Software  Android  ARM  reversible debugger  Linux 

Undo Software has announced the version 4.0 of its reversible debugger for Linux, adding support for ARM processors and Android Native application code. According to the company, UndoDB allows Linux software developers to record their program's execution, and then "wind the tape" back and forth in real-time to get a clear picture of their program's execution, significantly reducing the cost of bugs to software vendors.

The release follows the announcement made in September that ARM has integrated UndoDB into their flagship software development studio, ARM DS-5 Professional Edition.

"From embedded to mobile and servers, Linux and its variants are becoming increasingly important across many of ARM's market segments," said Hobson Bullman, deputy GM for system design division at ARM. "As devices and systems become more capable, so the software becomes ever more important and complex, placing ever more pressure on software developers in terms of both quality and time-to-market. The UndoDB product can make a significant difference on both these fronts and I'm delighted it is now available to ARM software developers, both as a part of DS-5 or standalone from Undo Software."

UndoDB v4 enables ARM and Android Native software developers to use the power of reversible debugging on complex, real-world code, as well as providing performance improvements and new features for Linux users. It supports the ARMv5, ARMv6 and ARMv7 architectures, including Thumb technology and VFP as well as Android on ARM and x86 for native application debug. There is also support for remote debugging to give developers the ability to debug an executable running a remote target using Undodb-server instead of gdbserver.

Undo has made significant performance improvements when executing writeable code and when debugging very large programs, and improved the compatibility with graphical front-ends including Eclipse and emacs.

A free evaluation of UndoDBv4 is available. Enterprise Edition pricing starts at $1,100 per year.

- Nick Flaherty
  EE Times Europe

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