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8.1. About the Trace Port Interface Unit

The TPIU acts as a bridge between the on-chip trace data, with separate IDs, and data stream, encapsulating IDs where required, that is then captured by a Trace Port Analyzer (TPA). Figure 8.1 shows the main blocks of the TPIU.

Figure 8.1. TPIU block diagram

Figure 8.1. TPIU block diagram

The behavior of the blocks is as follows:

Formatter

Inserts source ID signals into the data packet stream so that trace data can be re-associated with its trace source. See TPIU formatter and FIFO.

Register bank

Contains the management, control, and status registers for triggers, flushing behavior, and external control.

Trace out

The trace out block serializes formatted data before it goes off-chip.

Pattern Generator

The pattern generator unit provides a simple set of defined bit sequences or patterns that can be output over the Trace Port and can be detected by the TPA or other associated Trace Capture Device (TCD). The TCD can use these patterns to indicate whether it is possible to increase or to decrease the trace port clock speed. See TPIU pattern generator.