Microsoft Debug Port Table 2 (DBG2)

This specification defines the format of the Debug Port Table 2 (DBG2), used in platform firmware to describe the debug ports available on the system. This information applies to the following operating systems: Windows 8 and newer.

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Document History

Date Change
November 29, 2011 First publication.
May 22, 2012 Updates to Table 3 per final supported platforms for Windows 8.
August 10, 2015 Updated patent notice.
October 6, 2015 Added new serial debugging subtypes (Arm SBSA UART, Arm DCC)
December 10, 2015 Added new serial debugging subtype (BCM2835)
May 31, 2017 Added new serial debugging subtype (i.MX6, Generic Address Structure 16550-compatible)
June 11, 2020 Added new serial debugging subtype (SDM845v2)
September 1, 2020 Converted document to Markdown syntax and formatting changes.
September 21, 2020 Added new serial debugging subtype (IALPSS)
February 17, 2021 Document all known serial debugging subtypes
April 10, 2023 Added new serial debugging subtype (RISC-V) and added clarifying information on 16550-compatible subtypes


Microsoft requires a debug port on all systems. To describe the debug port(s) available on a platform, Microsoft defines an operating system–specific table (DBG2). This table specifies one or more independent ports for debugging purposes. The presence of a debug port table indicates that the system includes a debug port. The table contains information about the configuration of the debug port. The table is located in system memory with other Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) tables, and must be referenced in the ACPI Root System Description Table (RSDT).

The DBG2 table replaces the ACPI Debug Port Table (DBGP) on platforms whose debug port implementations cannot be described using DBGP.

Debug Port Table 2 (DBG2)

Table 1. Debug Port Table 2 format

Table 1 defines the fields in DBG2.

Field Byte length Byte offset Description
Signature 4 0 'DBG2'. Signature for Debug Port Table 2.
Length 4 4 Length, in bytes, of the entire Debug Port Table 2.
Revision 1 8 For this version of the specification, this value is 0.
Checksum 1 9 Entire table must sum to zero.
OEM ID 6 10 Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) ID.
OEM Table ID 8 16 For Debug Port Table 2, the table ID is the manufacturer model ID.
OEM Revision 4 24 OEM revision of Debug Port Table 2 for the supplied OEM Table ID.
Creator ID 4 28 Vendor ID of utility that created the table.
Creator Revision 4 32 Revision of utility that created the table.
OffsetDbgDeviceInfo 4 36 Offset, in bytes, from the beginning of this table to the first Debug Device Information structure entry.
NumberDbgDeviceInfo 4 40 Indicates the number of Debug Device Information structure entries.
Debug Device Information Structure[NumberDbgDeviceInfo] Variable OffsetDbgDeviceInfo A list of Debug Device Information structures for this platform. The structure format is defined in the Debug Device Information structure section, later in this document.

Debug Device Information structure

Table 2. Debug Device Information structure format

Field Byte length Byte offset Description
Revision 1 0 Revision of the Debug Device Information structure. For this version of the specification, this must be 0.
Length 2 1 Length, in bytes, of this structure, including NamespaceString and OEMData.
NumberofGenericAddressRegisters 1 3 Number of generic address registers in use.
NamespaceStringLength 2 4 Length, in bytes, of NamespaceString, including NUL characters.
NamespaceStringOffset 2 6 Offset, in bytes, from the beginning of this structure to the field NamespaceString[]. This value must be valid because this string must be present.
OemDataLength 2 8 Length, in bytes, of the OEM data block.
OemDataOffset 2 10 Offset, in bytes, to the field OemData[] from the beginning of this structure. This value will be 0 if no OEM data is present.
Port Type 2 12 Debug port type for this debug device. Each of these values will have a corresponding subtype value as shown in Table 3.
Port Subtype 2 14 Debug port subtype for this debug device. See Table 3.
Reserved 2 16 Reserved, must be 0.
BaseAddressRegisterOffset 2 18 Offset, in bytes, from beginning of this structure to the field BaseaddressRegister[].
AddressSizeOffset 2 20 Offset, in bytes, from beginning of this structure to the field AddressSize[].
BaseAddressRegister[] (NumberofGenericAddressRegisters) * 12 BaseAddressRegisterOffset Array of generic addresses.
AddressSize[] (NumberofGenericAddressRegisters) * 4 AddressSizeOffset Array of address sizes corresponding to each generic address above.
NamespaceString[] NamespaceStringLength NamespaceStringOffset NUL-terminated ASCII string to uniquely identify this device. This string consists of a fully qualified reference to the object that represents this device in the ACPI namespace. If no namespace device exists, NamespaceString[] must only contain a single '.' (ASCII period) character.
OemData[] OemDataLength OemDataOffset Optional, variable-length OEM-specific data.

Table 3. Debug port types and subtypes

Port Type Subtype Description
Reserved 0x0000 – 0x7FFF and 0xFFFF All Reserved (Do Not Use)
Serial 0x8000 0x0000 Fully 16550-compatible
0x0001 16550 subset compatible with DBGP Revision 1
0x0002 MAX311xE SPI UART
0x0003 Arm PL011 UART
0x0004 MSM8x60 (e.g. 8960)
0x0005 Nvidia 16550
0x0006 TI OMAP
0x0007 Reserved (Do Not Use)
0x0008 APM88xxxx
0x0009 MSM8974
0x000A SAM5250
0x000B Intel USIF
0x000C i.MX 6
0x000D (deprecated) Arm SBSA (2.x only) Generic UART supporting only 32-bit accesses
0x000E Arm SBSA Generic UART
0x000F Arm DCC
0x0010 BCM2835
0x0011 SDM845 with clock rate of 1.8432 MHz
0x0012 16550-compatible with parameters defined in Generic Address Structure
0x0013 SDM845 with clock rate of 7.372 MHz
0x0014 Intel LPSS
0x0015 RISC-V SBI console (any supported SBI mechanism)
0x0016 – 0xFFFF Reserved (For Future Use)
1394 0x8001 0x0000 IEEE1394 Standard Host Controller Interface
0x0001 – 0xFFFF Reserved (For Future Use)
USB 0x8002 0x0000 XHCI-compliant controller with debug interface
0x0001 EHCI-compliant controller with debug interface
0x0002 – 0x0006 Reserved (Do Not Use)
0x0007 – 0xFFFF Reserved (For Future Use)
Net 0x8003 NNNN NNNN must be a valid PCI-assigned Vendor ID
0x8004 All Reserved (Do Not Use)
Reserved 0x8005 – 0xFFFE All Reserved (For Future Use)

Note on the fields of the Generic Address Structure

  • The Generic Address Structure in BaseAddressRegister[0] is used to specify the register bit width and access size used by some serial subtypes.

  • The Address Space ID and Register Bit Offset fields must be 0.

  • The Register Bit Width field contains the register stride and must be a power of 2 that is at least as large as the access size. On 32-bit platforms this value cannot exceed 32. On 64-bit platforms this value cannot exceed 64.

  • The Access Size field is used to determine whether byte, WORD, DWORD, or QWORD accesses are to be used. QWORD accesses are only valid on 64-bit architectures.

Note on 16550-based UARTs

There are three interface subtypes which can be used for 16550-based UARTs. The differences between them are subtle yet important.

  • Interface subtype 0x0 refers to a serial port which uses "legacy" port I/O as seen on x86-based platforms. This type should be avoided on platforms that use memory-mapped I/O, such as ARM or RISC-V.

  • Interface subtype 0x1 supports memory mapped UARTs, but only ones that are describable in the DBGP ACPI table. Operating system implementations may treat this as equivalent to a DBGP-provided debug port and honor only the Base Address field of the Generic Address Structure.

  • Interface subtype 0x12 is the most flexible choice and is recommended when running compatible operating systems on new platforms. This subtype supports all serial ports which can be described by the subtypes 0x0 and 0x1, as well as new ones, such as those requiring non-traditional access sizes and bit widths in the Generic Address Structure.


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