JTAG emulator for MPC8548E (v2)

Bill Gatliff bgat at billgatliff.com
Thu Jan 25 06:38:18 EST 2007


Mark A. Greer wrote:

>FWIW, I've had top-notch support from Abatron.  Also, back when my
>company bought a bunch of BDI's they were around half the price of the
>nearest competitor and less cumbersome to use.  Maybe there are cheaper
>alternatives now, I don't know.  Obviously, YMMV.

I've had excellent support from Abatron as well.  I've owned one of 
their units for several years, bought it with my own money (which says a 
lot, since I'm a freelancer!).  And I've brought a few obscure issues to 
them over the years, all of which were addressed to my satisfaction.  
The BDI2000 has been solid, significantly easier to setup and more 
reliable in use than several other systems I've tried.

One thing to keep in mind is that they're really constrained by not 
having intimate knowledge of _your_ platform.  If your memory bus 
configuration is wrong, for example, there isn't a whole lot that they 
can do to rule that out from their end since they don't have your hardware.

JTAG in general gets easily tripped up with power problems, etc. that 
are a natural part of untested circuits.  If this stuff was easy, we'd 
have to find work elsewhere!

>And no, I don't get a kickback from them... :)

Me neither.  But if someone from Abatron has an unused unit sitting 
around, I sure could use one!  :)


Bill Gatliff
bgat at billgatliff.com

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