Selecting the Debug Interfaces - 2024.1 English

Versal Adaptive SoC System and Solution Planning Methodology Guide (UG1504)

Document ID
UG1504
Release Date
2024-05-30
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2024.1 English

The Versal architecture offers multiple physical interfaces that can be used to connect a debugger to the DPC. The following table shows the debug interfaces recommended for different use cases.

Note: The various APUs and RPUs of the PS can be debugged via the Arm® CoreSight™ infrastructure that is integrated into the PS. The CoreSight infrastructure is accessible via the JTAG-DAP, HSDP, PL, and PCIe® interfaces. For more information, see this link in the Versal Adaptive SoC Technical Reference Manual (AM011).
Table 1. Recommended Debug Interface Based on Debugging Goals
Recommended Debug Interface Debugging Goals Notes
JTAG
  • Basic hardware debug using AXIS-ILA, AXIS-VIO, and other hardware debug cores
  • Small PDI download
Using JTAG allows low-speed connectivity to all debug cores in the design with no additional design modification
JTAG + HSDP (Aurora with SmartLynq+)
  • Advanced hardware debug using many AXIS-ILA, AXIS-VIO, and other hardware debug cores
  • Booting large Linux images without using SD card, initializing memory space using XSDB
  • Large PDI download
Using HSDP with the SmartLynq+ module enables debug connectivity that is much faster than JTAG with minimal design modification