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MPLAB-Data-Visualizer-Standalone(macOS)

1.2.835

Overview

It can be difficult to troubleshoot data on an embedded target while your application is running. In the same way a debugger helps you debug your application code, MPLAB Data Visualizer helps you debug your data. With MPLAB Data Visualizer, you can see how key data points in your application change during runtime, e.g. visualize values captured by a sensor on your development board.

MPLAB Data Visualizer has the following features:

• Capture data streamed from a running embedded target via serial port (CDC) or the Data Gateway Interface (DGI)

• Concurrently stream data and debug target code using the MPLAB®X IDE

• Decode data fields at runtime using the Data Stream Protocol format

• Visualize the raw or decoded data in a Graph as a time series or display the data in a terminal

• Analyze plotted data using cursors to measure bandwidth, pulse width and more

MPLAB Data Visualizer comes as a stand-alone application and as a plug-in to MPLAB X.

System requirements

The MPLAB Data Visualizer plug-in must be installed in MPLAB X version 5.30 or later for correct operation.

Hardware tool support

MPLAB Data Visualizer supports targets that stream data over a (virtual) COM port, as well as tools implementing the Data Gateway Interface (DGI) USB interface.

When using a COM port, any target or board can be supported, also user-specific boards. The DGI interface is supported by the Microchip Curiosity Nano and Xplained Pro platforms, as well as the Microchip Power Debugger and Atmel-ICE.

In order to ensure the best possible user experience, make sure that kits or tools used with the MPLAB Data Visualizer are updated to the most recent firmware version.

Documentation

Documentation is shipped with the product and can be opened from the DataVisualizer User Interface once started.

To install MPLAB-Data-Visualizer-Standalone(macOS), download this package and open it in IDE.

Supported Products: MPLAB X

Release Notes

Release Notes for MPLAB® Data Visualizer
MPLAB Data Visualizer v1.2

September 15th, 2020

Overview:
It can be difficult to troubleshoot data on an embedded target while your application is running. In the same way a debugger helps you debug your application code, MPLAB Data Visualizer helps you debug your data. With MPLAB Data Visualizer, you can see how key data points in your application change during runtime, e.g. visualize values captured by a sensor on your development board.

MPLAB Data Visualizer has the following features:

• Capture data streamed from a running embedded target via serial port (CDC) or the Data Gateway Interface (DGI)
• Concurrently stream data and debug target code using the MPLAB®X IDE
• Decode data fields at runtime using the Data Stream Protocol format
• Visualize the raw or decoded data in a Graph as a time series or display the data in a terminal
• Analyze plotted data using cursors to measure bandwidth, pulse width and more
• Save a snapshot of plotted data as CSV or JSON

MPLAB Data Visualizer comes as a stand-alone application and as a plug-in to MPLAB X.

System requirements:
Like the MPLAB®X IDE, the MPLAB Data Visualizer is based on the NetBeans Platform. Thus it has similar runtime requirements. The recommended platforms are:

• Windows 10 Professional
• Ubuntu® 18.04 or similar.
• macOS® 10.15 Catalina

The MPLAB Data Visualizer plug-in must be installed in MPLAB X version 5.30 or later for correct operation.

Hardware tool support:

MPLAB Data Visualizer supports targets that stream data over a (virtual) COM port, as well as tools implementing the Data Gateway Interface (DGI) USB interface.

When using a COM port, any target or board can be supported, also user-specific boards. The DGI interface is supported by the Microchip Curiosity Nano and Xplained Pro platforms, as well as the Microchip Power Debugger and Atmel-ICE.

In order to ensure the best possible user experience, make sure that kits or tools used with the MPLAB Data Visualizer are updated to the most recent firmware version.

Documentation
Documentation is shipped with the product and can be opened from the Data Visualizer User Interface once started.

Installing
The latest version of MPLAB Data Visualizer standalone can be downloaded from the Microchip Gallery at http:://gallery.microchip.com. The plug-in can also be downloaded from here, if installation in MPLAB without an internet connection is required. It is however recommended to install and update the plugin from the plugin center in MPLAB X (Tools Menu -> Plugins).

For the standalone, after downloading the installer, start the installation and follow the guidelines provided by the installer.

What's New in v1.2
• Save a snapshot of plotted signals to disk as CSV or JSON values
• Plot two-dimensional data sets in the new XY Graph panel
• Connect to Machine Learning partners using the separately installable Machine Learning plugin

What's New in v1.1
• Quick actions for plotting data or viewing data in the terminal
• Choose whether to plot Variable Streamer fields on same or separate axes
• Simplified data stream protocol configuration
•• Fewer steps means its easier to start visualizing multiple variables
• Graph enhancements
• • Plot several signals on the same axis for easy alignment and zoom
• • Organize axes on different rows, resize, and position
• • Inspect values of data points
• • Use cursors to measure signal width, frequency, and duty cycle
• Notable fixed issues
• • Under heavy system load data timestamps could drift so that data plots appeared delayed compared to actual events (DV-1280).
• • Deleting an field/variable in the plot wizard before a name was assigned could crash the application (DV-1265).
• • When streaming data on serial port, data could be timestamped so that parts of plots looked stretched or compressed (DV-1186)

What's New in v1.0.681
Compatibility fix for MPLAB X IDE v5.40

Symptoms: No kits show up in connections view and an exception is thrown at startup or on kit connection event.

Customer support
Microchip provides online support via our web site at https://www.microchip.com/support.

Special Considerations
When streaming timestamped data over DGI from an Xplained Pro or Curiosity Nano kit, too high data rates can lead to buffer overflows and reduced stability of operation. This also applies to Debug GPIO. The Data Visualizer UI will display a warning when the kit or tool indicates a buffer overflow condition. The sample rate at which buffer overflows are likely to occur dependens on the PC and the system load. For GPIO it could be down to a few kHz sample rate at system load. For other interfaces it is typically higher.

To get the expected result when streaming data, it is important to configure the target system properly. Study the user guide of the target development board or tool carefully as it can contain important information.

Known Issues
SSR Description Environment
DV-806 Plotted data can look distorted at certain zoom levels. This happens because the Visualizer reduces the resolution of old data as internal buffers fill up, in order to save memory. Workaround: Pause data streaming while investigating data.
All platforms

DV-807 Discarded data count under decoder statistics sometimes increases and resets to 0. This happens when data frames are split across multiple packets. When a full data frame is received, the discarded byte count resets back to 0.
All platforms

DV-835 Cannot connect to ttyACM0 for streaming data. Workaround: add your user to the dialout group and log out, then log back in.
Linux

DV-1089 When renaming a variable streamer field and the field is plotted, the plot source is disconnected. Reconnect the plot source by selecting the new name in the plot options.
All platforms

DV-1152 COM port may not be grouped with the kit interfaces. In this case the COM port will be listed under the serial port section.
Linux

DV-1153 DGI-enabled kits might not show up if a debug session is in progress in MPLAB X when MPLAB Data Visualizer standalone is started. Workaround is to stop the debug session and unplug then plug in the kit.
MPLAB X IDE 5.30
Standalone MPLAB Data Visualizer

DV-1176 Interface configuration is not applied after DGI overflow. To ensure correct operation after overflow, reconnect DGI.
All platforms

DV-1335 In the plugin, when the Data Visualizer tab is maximized it will cover floating windows. A workaround is to dock the floating window.
Win 10
MPLAB X 5.40

DV-1342 When a COM port is selected as Variable Streamer source and the Stop button is pressed, the port can only be reconnected from the Connections panel.
Win 10
Standalone

DV-1347 A false valid frame can sometimes clear the variable streamer error indicator even though there is still a mismatch with the protocol.
All platforms

DV-1390 The Data Visualizer will run in the background if the plugin window is closed. Any ongoing streaming will continue. Select Clear Workspace before closing the window in order to stop streaming first.
MPLAB X Plugin

DV-1391 The Data Visualizer plugin window may render outside the expected location, obscuring other content in MPLAB. A workaround can be to float and dock again, or to resize the plugin window.
All platforms

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Version History

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MPLAB-Data-Visual... 1.2.834 6 Monday, September 21, 2020 yes
MPLAB-Data-Visual... 1.1.793 32 Thursday, June 11, 2020 yes
MPLAB-Data-Visual... 1.0.675 52 Monday, December 23, 2019 yes
MPLAB-Data-Visual... 0.1.438 64 Friday, May 24, 2019 yes