Tracealyzer gives an unprecedented insight into the run-time world of FreeRTOS systems. Solve problems in a fraction of the time otherwise needed, develop more robust designs to prevent future problems and find new ways to improve your software’s performance.

Tracealyzer for FreeRTOS, also know as FreeRTOS+Trace, visualizes run-time behavior of your FreeRTOS software through 25+ graphical views that complement the debugger’s low-level perspective with the big picture. You may have used some trace tool before, but this is something extra. The views are interconnected in clever ways and intuitive to use.

“Tracealyzer has always offered exceptional value to our global community of users by giving engineers direct insight into how their applications are executing.  This information is invaluable when both optimizing and debugging FreeRTOS applications.” – Richard Barry, FreeRTOS founder

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Getting Started

Tracealyzer for FreeRTOS relies on a trace recorder library developed by Percepio, in collaboration with the FreeRTOS main author Richard Barry at Real Time Engineers ltd. The recorder library is delivered in C source code and included in the Tracealyzer application directory, also found here. Get started using the step-by-step integration guide in the User Manual.

You don’t need any special trace debugger to use Tracealyzer. This makes Tracealyzer more than just a lab tool, as the recording can deployed in field use. Some of our customers have the recording active by default in the release build, and thereby get very valuable trace diagnostics on real-world issues, that otherwise would have been hard to analyze.

Tracealyzer for FreeRTOS can be used with most development tools. It is designed for 32-bit processors, including MCUs, and can configured for minimal RAM and ROM usage. We also provide plugins and integrations for common development tools, listed below.

Tracealyzer for FreeRTOS is available as an Atmel Studio extension found in Atmel Gallery. This version allows for uploading traces via the Atmel Studio debugger, using any Atmel-supported debug probe. Read more at our Atmel page.

We provide a plugin for Microchip’s MPLAB X IDE that makes it very easy to upload traces. See our Microchip page for further information.

Learn how to configure IAR Embedded Workbench for use with Tracealyzer at https://percepio.com/IAR.

Tracealyzer integrates with SEGGER J-Link debug probes and allows for uploading the trace data directly into Tracealyzer, even without an IDE. This supports both streaming trace and snapshot trace, and can be used in parallel with other tools and IDEs.

Tracealyzer for FreeRTOS offers two main tracing modes, snapshot mode where the trace data is kept in a target-side RAM buffer until explicitly uploaded, and streaming mode where the data is transferred continuously to the host PC, allowing for very long trace durations.

Snapshot recording works with essentially any debugger, since Tracealyzer can extract the trace from a basic RAM dumps in .bin or .hex format. We also provide plugins for this purpose for e.g., IAR Embedded Workbench, Microchip MPLAB X IDE and Atmel Studio 7.

Streaming is handled via stream ports, a small header files with a few macros that define how to stream to a particular interface. We provide predefined stream ports for SEGGER J-Link probes, for USB CDC connections (example for STM32), for TCP/IP (example for lwIP), and it is quite straight-forward to define your own stream port, e.g. to stream to a memory card or other available interface. The data rates resulting from RTOS trace is typically 20-200 KB/s.

The visualization is very responsive and there is no fixed limitation on the recording length when using streaming. Tracealyzer easily loads and displays traces with several million events, spanning over 10-20 minutes.

All Tracealyzer versions offer an evaluation period with full functionality and also included demo traces, allowing for exploring the features of Tracealyzer without writing a single line of code.

For further information about specific features included and what is included in Free Edition, see the Feature list.

For information on licensing and pricing, see the Licensing page. Authorized distributors are found on the Partners page.

In case you have any technical questions, don’t hesitate to contact support@percepio.com.