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General description

SocExplorer is an open source generic System On Chip testing software/framework. We write this software for the development and the validation of our instrument, the Low Frequency Receiver (LFR) for the Solar Orbiter mission. This instrument is based on an actel FPGA hosting a LEON3FT processor and some peripherals. To make it more collaborative, we use a plugin based system, the main executable is SocExplorer then all the functionality are provided by plugins. Like this everybody can provide his set of plugins to handle a new SOC or just a new peripheral. SocExplorer uses PythonQt to allow user to automate some tasks such as loading some plugins, configuring them and talking with his device. SocExplorer is provided under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

To install it

  • If you are running windows you can directly download the setup here. (Outdated)
    Please note that if you are running Windows you will have some limitations, we spend much less effort on windows support than linux.
  • If you are a Fedora user you can directly use the copr repository here
    Or our repository here
  • If you are running Linux you can follow theses steps.
    We have never tried any other Unix like Os such as Mach or BSD, it could compile since it rely on Qt but the installation would break and some plugins won't compile.

Reporting a bug

To report bugs, you need to register in our system them you can report bugs here.
If you don't want to register you can simply send a mail.

Use cases

Use case 1

In this case, the AHBUARTplugin and the memctrlplugin are loaded. The ahbuartplugin is called a root plugin because it is at the top of the plugin hierarchy, it makes the connection between SocExplorer and the AMBA bus. Talking through the root plugin, the memctrlplugin allows you to test some memory space at a given address.
SocExplorer use case 1

Use case 2

In this use case, the root plugin is the rmapplugin, this plugin allows you to talk through either the GRESB or the stardundee SpaceWire-USB Brick. The second loaded plugin is the genericrwplugin. This plugin is a simple hexadecimal editor, you can use it to view or edit any space of the SOC memory, see below in the SocExplorer screenshot.
SocExplorer use case 2


This video is quite outdated but gives a good overview of what SocExplorer is able to do.

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SocExplorer running on Linux SocExplorer loading code on LFR

Updated about 8 years ago by Alexis Jeandet

Updated by Alexis Jeandet about 8 years ago ยท 18 revisions

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