For so long we have been restricted or obscured access to the ubiquitous hardware we rely on. This project intends to resolve that.
Hardice is a tool in the making. Its mission is to create an open source "In Circuit Emulator". A robust and reliable hardware debugger, that interfaces with the JTAG debugging port of several devices (IA32, AMD64).
- Operating system, driver and software developers can test/diagnose/optimize problems from an external system in a controlled manner.
- People developing on the architecture can gain a better understanding of their code and timing.
- Driver reverse engineers could get some serious work done.
- Tweakers can play with the clocks and get more reliable test/performance datas
- Able to debug code in CPU modes such as SMM, VMX and TXT in addition to ordinary real, protected and long mode.
- Debug support of target x86 devices
- Intel x86 CPUs after the P6 (Pentium Pro)
- AMD K6+
- Extensive documentation of device debug (electrical, programming, etc).
- Able to debug BIOS, SMM handlers, Trusted Computing code, Debuggers, Virtual Machine Monitors, AMT code, Operating Systems, Drivers, Anti-cheat protections, Software protections, Viruses (even if it has debugger detection code), Code that interfaces with special CPU transitions such as C6 power state transitions.
- Make device debug interfaces easier to access