9.8.1. Pattern generator modes of operation

There are a number of supported patterns to enable a number of metrics to be determined, for example, timing between pins, data edge timing, voltage fluctuations, ground bounce, and cross talk. When examining the trace port, you can choose from the following pattern modes:


Each pattern runs for a programmable number of traceclkin cycles after which the pattern generator unit reverts back to an off state where normal trace is output, assuming trace output is enabled. The first thing the trace port outputs after returning to normal trace is a synchronization packet. This is useful with special trace port analyzers and capture devices that are aware of the pattern generator. The TPIU can be set to a standard configuration that the capture device expects. The preset test pattern can then be run, after which the TPA is calibrated ready for normal operation. The TPIU switches to normal operation automatically, without the requirement to reprogram the TPIU.


The selected pattern runs continuously until manually disabled. This is primarily intended for manual refinement of electrical characteristics and timing.


When neither of the other two modes is selected, the device reverts to outputting any trace data. After timed operation finishes, the pattern generator reverts back to the off mode.

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