Hardware breakpoints

Depending on implementation options, most ARM processors contain dedicated hardware resources, such as ARM EmbeddedICE® logic, for matching against specific hardware events. Your debugger enables you to configure these resources to implement instruction and data breakpoints.


Data breakpoints are also sometimes referred to as watchpoints.

The resources available depend on the processor you are using. See the data sheet for your processor for information.

Hardware breakpoints might also provide additional matching capabilities. Examples of this include matching on an external signal, and distinguishing between privileged and non-privileged accesses. The Set Address/Data Breakpoint dialog box displays the capabilities of your hardware.

Hardware instruction breakpoints do not require the instruction in memory to be changed. This means that they can be used to debug code in Flash and ROM, and can be used with self-modifying code.

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