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These blog posts are about debugging tips and tricks of relevance to embedded software developers.

How to Find and Fix the Most Common Embedded Software Bugs

As if debugging traditional PC/server software or even smartphone apps wasn't hard enough, debugging embedded software adds significant challenges. This webinar introduces you to some of the most common embedded software bugs and teaches you how to find/fix/prevent them.

Mutexes and Semaphores Demystified

What's the difference between a mutex and a semaphore? Even very experienced firmware developers too often fail to fully appreciate the importance of using the correct tool for the job at hand. And, unfortunately, misuse of these two distinct types of synchronization primitives can lead to difficult to debug defects in embedded software, with potentially severe consequences in safety-critical medical devices, avionics and transportation equipment.

Introduction to On-Chip Debug

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Motorola's Background Debug Mode is one of a variety of on-chip debug technologies. Collectively, they offer some of the best features of debug monitors and in-circuit emulators—with far less headache and cost.

How to Detect Memory Leaks

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Memory leaks can be particularly risky for long-running embedded systems. Here are some tools to identify, track, and analyze memory leaks in embedded C and C++ programs.

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