System-Wide Debug & Trace

Fast system bring-up, better system and application stability, and market success with standards-compliant debugging tools.

System Debug

To help quickly resolve complex system issues, this feature supports in-depth debugging of system software and IoT applications that are based on Intel® architecture. The Eclipse* integrated source-line debugger enables deep analysis of:


  • BIOS and UEFI* code
  • System-on-chip (SoC) peripheral registers
  • Operating system kernels
  • Device drivers with full operating system awareness

System Trace

This feature traces events on Intel® architecture from various hardware, firmware, and other software sources. You can collect, export, and analyze trace data collected by Intel® Trace Hub from sources like:

  • BIOS
  • Intel® Management Engine (Intel® ME)
  • Intel® Converged Security and Management Engine (Intel® CSME)
  • Architecture Event Trace (AET)
  • Microsoft Event Tracing for Windows* (ETW)

Events can be extracted via several mechanisms, including JTAG, system memory, or through a USB connection. Analyzing Intel Trace Hub events from multiple platform sources helps you determine root causes of bugs quickly.

Intel® Debug Extensions for WinDbg*

These extensions help accelerate platform bring-up, Windows* kernel and device driver development and validation by enhancing Microsoft Windows Debugger (WinDbg*) with JTAG debug and trace capabilities.


Included in the Intel® System Studio 2020 Ultimate Edition for Windows hosts.

GNU Project Debugger* (GDB) for Applications: Linux* Targets Only

GDB allows a developer to see what is going on inside an application while it executes or what it was doing at the moment it crashed. This application-level debugger allows a developer to debug C and C++ application code running on Linux* systems.

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Product and Performance Information


Intel's compilers may or may not optimize to the same degree for non-Intel microprocessors for optimizations that are not unique to Intel microprocessors. These optimizations include SSE2, SSE3, and SSSE3 instruction sets and other optimizations. Intel does not guarantee the availability, functionality, or effectiveness of any optimization on microprocessors not manufactured by Intel. Microprocessor-dependent optimizations in this product are intended for use with Intel microprocessors. Certain optimizations not specific to Intel microarchitecture are reserved for Intel microprocessors. Please refer to the applicable product User and Reference Guides for more information regarding the specific instruction sets covered by this notice.

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