Arduino Partners with Lauterbach to Bring the TRACE32 Debugger to Portenta H7 Devs — for Free

Just register with your board's serial number to get full access to the TRACE32 GDB front-end and all its capabilities.

Gareth Halfacree
a year agoDebugging

Arduino has announced a partnership with Lauterbach, which sees all owners of the company's new Portenta H7 development board receiving access to the latter's TRACE32 debugger at no cost — while a carrier module makes access to debug and trace pins simpler.

Launched earlier this year, Arduino's Portenta H7 is designed to take what the company has learned from its maker-centric MKR boards and apply it to the professional market — and it's that market which the organization is targeting with the Lauterbach partnership.

"We are happy to announce a new partnership with Lauterbach to provide all Portenta H7 customers with the TRACE32 debugger for free," the Arduino team notes. "Lauterbach’s TRACE32 debugger has been at the forefront of debug technology for more than four decades, and it is this wealth of experience and expertise that Lauterbach will draw on for the Arduino Portenta."

"Each Portenta H7 comes with a unique serial number which can be displayed in the Arduino IDE or TRACE32. This serial number can be used to obtain a free license via the Lauterbach registration page – once you’ve submitted your details you will receive an email with your license to unlock the full version of the TRACE32 debugger. For those users who need advanced capabilities, such as JTAG debugging and real-time trace a carrier module is available."

"This is a meeting of minds of two of the biggest forces in embedded computing and I am waiting with anticipation to see where the vibrant Arduino community takes this," crows Maurizio Menegotto, managing director of Lauterbach, of the partnership. "We are honored to be working with Arduino on this exciting project and look forward to welcoming the next generation of embedded engineers to the Lauterbach community."

To support those looking to pick up the TRACE32 debugger, which acts as a front-end to the GNU Debugger (GDB), the Arduino team has published a tutorial offering a full guide to debugging via serial connection.

More details are available on the Lauterbach registration page; those wishing to take advantage will need the serial number from their Portenta H7 board(s) to apply.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire: freelance@halfacree.co.uk.
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