Instruction Trace Connections

Instruction trace is a non-intrusive hardware trace used to capture every instruction executed by the device. There are two types of Instruction Trace:

  • PIC32 Instruction Trace
  • Real Time Hardware Instruction Trace

PIC32 Instruction Trace

PIC32 Instruction Trace is only available for PIC32 MCU devices. Also, only some PIC32 MCU devices have the trace feature; please see Hardware Tool Debug Features by Device.

To use this trace, you will need the following hardware:

  • PIC32 Plug-In Module (PIM) that contains a device that supports trace and has a trace port
  • MPLAB® REAL ICE™ Trace Interface Kit (AC244006) that contains a 12-inch trace cable and a trace adapter board

If you do not have a trace cable, you can use the logic probes. Connect them as indicated below.

Table: Logic Probe Connections

Logic Probe Port Pins(1) PIM Trace Pins(2)
No. Name No. Name
12 EXT0 (TRIG1) 3 TRD0
11 EXT1 (TRIG2) 5 TRD1
10 EXT2 (TRIG3) 7 TRD2
9 EXT3 (TRIG4) 9 TRD3

Note 1: For more information, see the “Logic Probe/External Trigger Interface” under Emulator Pod Hardware.

Note 2: For more information, see the “Trace Interface Kit Specification”.

To use the PIC32 Instruction Trace feature, see Instruction Trace / Profiling.

Figure: PIC32 Trace Connection with PIM


Real Time Hardware Instruction Trace

Real Time Hardware Instruction Trace is a real-time dump of the program execution stream that can be captured and analyzed. This type of trace is available on selected emulation headers (-ME2 devices).

For details, see Emulation Extension Paks and Emulation Headers.

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