BDI1000 & BDI2000

On-chip Debugging

The increasing complexity of today's software and hardware designs is leading to some fresh approaches to debugging. Silicon manufacturers offer more and more on-chip debugging features for emulation of new processors. This capability, implemented in various processors under such names as Background Debug Mode (BDM), JTAG and on-chip emulation, puts basic debugging functions on the chip itself. With BDM or JTAG debug port, you control and monitor the microcontroller solely through the stable on-chip debugging services. This debugging mode runs even when the target system crashes and enables developers to continue investigating the cause of the crash. You won't waste time and target resources with a software ROM monitor, and you eliminate the cabling problems typical of ICEs.

Capitalizing on this technology, Abatron offers a palette of economical and effective development tools for the built-in BDM and JTAG interface of processors with CPU12, CPU16, CPU32/32+, PowerPC, ColdFire, M-CORE, ARM, XScale and MIPS32/64.

Supports Debuggers from leading Vendors
Abatron's tools offer a comprehensive support for debuggers from leading vendors. These tools are based on the BDM/JTAG interfaces BDI1000 and BDI2000. In most cases, the BDI family and the associated software packages eliminates the need for expensive hardware like an in-circuit emulator. BDI1000 and BDI2000 allow communication via RS232 or 10 BASE-T Ethernet between the development computer and the BDM or JTAG interface of the target system.

Features & Performance


  • BDM support for CPU12/16/32/32+, MPC5xx/MPC8xx and ColdFire
  • JTAG support for PowerPC, M-CORE, ARM7/9/9e, ARM11, XScale, MIPS32/64
  • Host communication via RS232 and Ethernet
  • Program download speed up to 340 Kbytes/s
  • Target communication speed up to 16 Mbit/s
  • Supports target system voltages from 1.8 - 5 V
  • Same hardware for all supported targets and debuggers
  • High-speed flash memory on-board programming with software bdiPro
  • Library available for BDM/JTAG accesses from within own programs
  • Robust EMC-optimized design
  • 3 years hardware warranty

Hardware Specification

Marks BDI1000 BDI2000
RS232 host interface, max baudrate 115 Kbaud 115 Kbaud
Ethernet interface (10 Mbit/s) 10 BASE-T 10 BASE-T
BDM communication speed (max.) 5.5 Mbit/s 16 Mbit/s
JTAG communication speed (max.) 12 Mbit/s 16 Mbit/s
Supported target voltages 1.8 - 5 V 1.8 - 5 V (Rev. C)
BDI power supply voltage 2.5 - 5 VDC or line adapter 5 VDC or line adapter
BDI power supply current (typ.) 230 mA @ 5V 500 mA @ 5V
Operating temperature +5C ... +60C +5C ... +60C
Size (without cables) 160 x 85 x 35 mm 190 x 110 x 35 mm
Weight (without cables) 280 g 420 g
Electromagnetic compatibility (CE) EN50081-2, EN50082-2 EN50081-2, EN50082-2
Hardware Warranty 3 Years 3 Years

Max. Download Rates (depends on used debugger and CPU speed)

Target CPU BDI1000 (Kbytes/s) BDI2000
PPC405GP 80 180
MC68360 120 200
MPC860 130 320
ColdFire MCF5206e / MCF5307 100 / 100 270 / 220
M-CORE 40 60
MPC8260 - 80
ARM7TDMI 170 340
MIPS32 - 130
XScale 160 320

Programming Speed with Software bdiPro

Target Configuration BDI1000 (Kbytes/s) BDI2000 (Kbytes/s)
AMD 29F040 x 32 bit / MPC860 @ 50 MHz 90 170
AMD 29F016 x 32 bit / MPC68360 @ 25 MHz 90 130
LH 28F016 x 32 bit / MPC8260 @ 40 MHz - 40
HC12 Internal Flash / HC9S12DP256 @ 24 MHz 33 -
AT49BV1614 x 16 bit / AT91R40008 @ 66 MHz 90 110

Description BDI1000 & BDI2000


High Performance

The BDI1000 allows communication via RS232 or 10 BASE-T Ethernet between the development computer and the BDM or JTAG interface of the target system. BDI1000 communicates with the target system with up to 5.5 Mbit/s (BDM) or 12 Mbit/s (JTAG) and allows fast program download rates of up to 130 Kbytes/s.

Flexible Hardware

The firmware and the programmable logic of the BDI1000 can be updated by the user with a simple Windows based configuration program. Thanks to the built-in DC-DC converter, the BDI1000 can be directly supplied from target system (2.5-5VDC) or with an external line adapter. The BDI1000 is optimally prepared for portable field applications.


As of April 15, 2008 the BDI2000 hardware is no longer available for the following applications:

Abatron will continue to support the BDI2000 for the above applications with software updates and technical support. In addition, any new CPU support or enhancements that are added to the BDI3000 firmware will also be added to the BDI2000 firmware.


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