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P2020RDB is a Low End Dual core platform supporting the P2020 processor
of QorIQ series. P2020 is an e500 based dual core SOC.
Building U-boot
To build the u-boot for P2020RDB:
make P2020RDB_config
NOR Flash Banks
RDB board for P2020 has two flash banks. They are both present on boot.
Booting by default is always from the boot bank at 0xef00_0000.
Memory Map
0xef00_0000 - 0xef7f_ffff Alternate bank 8MB
0xe800_0000 - 0xefff_ffff Boot bank 8MB
0xef74_0000 - 0xef7f_ffff Alternate u-boot address 768KB
0xeff4_0000 - 0xefff_ffff Boot u-boot address 768KB
Switch settings to boot from the NOR flash banks
SW4[8]=0 default NOR Flash bank
SW4[8]=1 Alternate NOR Flash bank
Flashing Images
To place a new u-boot image in the alternate flash bank and then boot
with that new image temporarily, use this:
tftp 1000000 u-boot.bin
erase ef740000 ef7fffff
cp.b 1000000 ef740000 c0000
Now to boot from the alternate bank change the SW4[8] from 0 to 1.
To program the image in the boot flash bank:
tftp 1000000 u-boot.bin
protect off all
erase eff40000 ffffffff
cp.b 1000000 eff40000 c0000
Using the Device Tree Source File
To create the DTB (Device Tree Binary) image file,
use a command similar to this:
dtc -b 0 -f -I dts -O dtb p2020rdb.dts > p2020rdb.dtb
Likely, that .dts file will come from here;
Booting Linux
Place a linux uImage in the TFTP disk area.
tftp 1000000 uImage.p2020rdb
tftp 2000000 rootfs.ext2.gz.uboot
tftp c00000 p2020rdb.dtb
bootm 1000000 2000000 c00000
Implementing AMP(Asymmetric MultiProcessing)
1. Build kernel image for core0:
a. $ make 85xx/p1_p2_rdb_defconfig
b. $ make menuconfig
- un-select "Processor support"->
"Symetric multi-processing support"
c. $ make uImage
d. $ cp arch/powerpc/boot/uImage /tftpboot/uImage.core0
2. Build kernel image for core1:
a. $ make 85xx/p1_p2_rdb_defconfig
b. $ make menuconfig
- Un-select "Processor support"->
"Symetric multi-processing support"
- Select "Advanced setup" ->
"Prompt for advanced kernel configuration options"
- Select
"Set physical address where the kernel is loaded"
and set it to 0x20000000, assuming core1 will
start from 512MB.
- Select "Set custom page offset address"
- Select "Set custom kernel base address"
- Select "Set maximum low memory"
- "Exit" and save the selection.
c. $ make uImage
d. $ cp arch/powerpc/boot/uImage /tftpboot/uImage.core1
3. Create dtb for core0:
$ dtc -I dts -O dtb -f -b 0
arch/powerpc/boot/dts/p2020rdb_camp_core0.dts >
4. Create dtb for core1:
$ dtc -I dts -O dtb -f -b 1
arch/powerpc/boot/dts/p2020rdb_camp_core1.dts >
5. Bring up two cores separately:
a. Power on the board, under u-boot prompt:
=> setenv <serverip>
=> setenv <ipaddr>
=> setenv bootargs root=/dev/ram rw console=ttyS0,115200
b. Bring up core1's kernel first:
=> setenv bootm_low 0x20000000
=> setenv bootm_size 0x10000000
=> tftp 21000000 uImage.core1
=> tftp 22000000 ramdiskfile
=> tftp 20c00000 p2020rdb_camp_core1.dtb
=> interrupts off
=> bootm start 21000000 22000000 20c00000
=> bootm loados
=> bootm ramdisk
=> bootm fdt
=> fdt boardsetup
=> fdt chosen $initrd_start $initrd_end
=> bootm prep
=> cpu 1 release $bootm_low - $fdtaddr -
c. Bring up core0's kernel(on the same u-boot console):
=> setenv bootm_low 0
=> setenv bootm_size 0x20000000
=> tftp 1000000 uImage.core0
=> tftp 2000000 ramdiskfile
=> tftp c00000 p2020rdb_camp_core0.dtb
=> bootm 1000000 2000000 c00000
Please note only core0 will run u-boot, core1 starts kernel directly
after "cpu release" command is issued.