New Five Wire Digital Design Toolset Takes on the Tough Debugging Challenges Faced by Digital Designers and Electrical Engineers

Five Wire Debugging Tools

A professional grade tool set that takes over where oscilloscopes and software debuggers fall short.

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Modern Technology Requires a Modern Toolset

As microcontrollers have become more capable, the size and complexity of their codebase has also increased. Traditional oscilloscopes are powerful, but they don’t always provide the information engineers need when it comes to digital IO and protocol based transactions. 

The new Five Wire is a professional grade tool set that takes over where oscilloscopes and software debuggers fall short, allowing engineers to quickly capture and source signals to assist with debugging and verification of embedded designs. Five Wire was developed by Mike Hagen, a Professional Engineer with more than 30 years of experience designing some of the world’s most popular testing equipment. 

The Five Wire Toolset

With Five Wire, digital designers and firmware engineers get the power of five debugging tools in one instrument so users can source, capture, and analyze the data needed to debug complex embedded designs.

Five Wire can help users:

  • Capture, analyze, and emulate I2C, SPI, and Digital I/O. See multiple transactions with decoding and the ability to do fine timing measurements.
  • Take control of your I/O. Five Wire’s pattern generator makes your firmware development and testing easier and more predictable with REAL real-time.
  • Automate testing. Five Wire allows users to create signals to exercise designs or complex scripts that stimulate to measure, analyze, and save test results.

Taking a unique approach to testing digital designs, Five Wire captures and stores data only when a signal changes, greatly reducing the time and memory necessary to capture and record transactions to provide a faster way for engineers to find and fix bugs. Embedded engineers can now capture more data and clearly see the interactions between software and hardware components or systems. 

Five Wire can also be used to simulate sensor inputs and emulate protocols to evaluate software and circuit performance. With digital, analog, and protocol source signals, you can replace or emulate source inputs to verify firmware response to external signals. The tool also supports user customization, allowing users to operate the various tools with easy to understand GUIs or. For users who want more control, full automation is available using Five Wire’s ‘C’ like scripting language.

More About Five Wire

Five Wire was designed by Anewin in Vancouver, Washington. It is manufactured by ControlTek, a veteran-owned electronics manufacturer located in Vancouver, Washington and marketed by Outlier of Portland, Oregon.