Setup — Preparing the SDK7780 board for eCos Development
In a typical development environment, the SDK7780 board boots from flash into the RedBoot ROM monitor. eCos applications are configured for RAM startup and then downloaded and run on the board via the debugger sh-elf-gdb. Preparing the board therefore usually involves programming a suitable RedBoot image into flash memory.
The following RedBoot configurations are supported:
|ROM||RedBoot running from the board's flash|
|RAM||Used for upgrading ROM version|
For serial communications, all versions run with 8 bits, no parity, and
1 stop bit at 115200 baud. This baud rate can be changed via the
CYGNUM_HAL_SH_SH4_SCIF_BAUD_RATE and rebuilding
RedBoot. RedBoot also supports ethernet communication and flash
This process makes use of the ETS software programmed into flash bank A in order to write RedBoot into flash bank B. To do this you will need to set up a TFTP server on a machine that is accessible from the development board.
Before downloading and programming the RedBoot image, ETS and the TFTP Bootloader must be configured. Full details for doing this are available in the documentation that accompanies the board. The following steps should be read in conjunction with that.
The first step is to connect an RS232 cable between the upper of the SDK7780 serial ports and the host PC. Next start a terminal emulation application such as HyperTerminal or minicom on the host PC and set the serial communication parameters to 115200 baud, 8 data bits, no parity, 1 stop bit (8N1) and no flow control (handshaking). Also connect an ethernet cable that is on the same network as the TFTP server.
Apply power to the SDK7780 and press the power button. The board
should boot automatically into ETS and after an initial report of the
board configuration should display the
MENU. Select option 2
Menu and then option 1
Configuration. Now select option 1
and accept the default 5s delay. Check that SW4-4&5 are off and answer
Y to the remaining questions. Once the process is finished, reset the
board to restart.
On restart the board will boot into the TFTP Boot Loader after a 5s
delay. It will immediately drop into a configuration dialog. Decide
whether to use DHCP or static IP. Static IP is recommended for which
you will need to enter this board's IP address and that of the TFTP server.
For the kernel filename enter
redboot.bin; answer Y
to download to flash bank B; enter B for the file format; accept the
default load address; answer N for the disk image and command line;
enter F to select the flash boot option and Y for SW4-4 state. The
output should look something like this:
Press 'SPACE Bar' key or wait for 5 seconds to enter TFTP Boot Loader. Press any other key to start ETS. Starting TFTP Boot Loader... Renesas SDK7780 (Little Endian Mode) SH TFTP Bootloader Version 2.30 Copyright (C) 2000 Free Software Foundation, Inc. Copyright (C) 2004 Renesas Technology Europe Limited This software comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License version 2.1 or later. Platform MAC Address - 0000:87D6:3EB2 No configuration found in flash, entering setup... Setup TFTP Bootloader Configuration: At any prompt press 'Enter' to leave unchanged or 'Esc' key to quit. Use DHCP to setup network?(Default=Static IP)[Y/N]: n Enter board IP address [NNN.NNN.NNN.NNN] : 10.0.3.2 Enter server IP address [NNN.NNN.NNN.NNN] : 10.0.1.2 Enter kernel (user program) filename : redboot.bin Download to flash Bank B?(Default=Bank A) [Y/N] : y Download file format Binary/S-record? [B/S] : b Binary load address [default=H'88210000] : Load a disk image? [Y/N] : n Setup kernel command line? [Y/N] : n Boot option: TFTP, Flash, Don't Boot(TFTP Bootloader Main Menu)? [T/F/N]: f Is flash Bank A write protect switch SW4-4 = 'OFF'? [Y/N] : y Updating Boot Flash - Do not switch-off, reset or disconnect until complete. Please wait, saving the new Boot configuration... Successfully saved new TFTP Bootloader configuration. TFTP Bootloader Main Menu ------------------------- 1. Boot from network 2. Boot from flash 3. Boot from FAT32 format MMC card 4. Load program into flash 5. Display configuration 6. Change configuration Command:>
The bootloader will now drop into its main menu. We are now ready to
download and program the RedBoot image. Locate the file
redboot_ROM.bin in the release
loaders directory and copy it to the TFTP
server's directory naming it
redboot.bin. At the TFTP bootloader
select option 4 which should it to fetch the
redboot.bin file from the
server. Answer Y for the SW4-5 state and wait for the flash to be
written. The output should look something like this:
TFTP Bootloader Main Menu ------------------------- 1. Boot from network 2. Boot from flash 3. Boot from FAT32 format MMC card 4. Load program into flash 5. Display configuration 6. Change configuration Command:>4 Board IP address : 10.0.3.2 Server IP address: 10.0.1.2 Downloading redboot.bin to flash bank B Downloaded 175144 bytes, crc 471083609 Is flash Bank B write protect switch SW4-5 = 'OFF'? [Y/N] : y Flash: S29GL256M (67108864 bytes) Sectors: 1024 (131072 bytes each) Writing to flash... b 00000001 add A4000000 Toggle flash bank select switch to boot from bank B TFTP Bootloader Main Menu ------------------------- 1. Boot from network 2. Boot from flash 3. Boot from FAT32 format MMC card 4. Load program into flash 5. Display configuration 6. Change configuration Command:>
Toggle SW4-1 to select bank B for booting and reset the board. The following output should appear:
+**Warning** FLASH configuration checksum error or invalid key Use 'fconfig -i' to [re]initialize database Ethernet eth0: MAC address 00:00:d6:87:b2:3e IP: 10.0.2.4/255.0.0.0, Gateway: 10.0.0.3 Default server: 0.0.0.0 RedBoot(tm) bootstrap and debug environment [ROM] Non-certified release, version UNKNOWN - built 13:52:55, Jan 22 2007 Platform: Renesas SDK7780 (SH7780) Copyright (C) 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Free Software Foundation, Inc. Copyright (C) 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 eCosCentric Limited RAM: 0x88000000-0x8a000000, [0x8800b758-0x89fc1000] available FLASH: 0x80000000-0x83ffffff, 512 x 0x20000 blocks RedBoot>
At this stage the RedBoot flash management initialization has not yet happened so the warning about the configuration checksum error is expected. To perform this initialization use the fis init -f command:
fis init -fAbout to initialize [format] FLASH image system - continue (y/n)?
y*** Initialize FLASH Image System ... Erase from 0x83fe0000-0x83ffffff: . ... Program from 0x89fd0000-0x89ff0000 to 0x83fe0000: . RedBoot>
At the end, the block of flash at location 0x83FE0000 holds information about the various flash blocks, allowing other flash management operations to be performed.
The next step is to set up RedBoot's non-volatile configuration values:
fconfig -iInitialize non-volatile configuration - continue (y/n)?
yRun script at boot: false Use BOOTP for network configuration: true Default server IP address: Console baud rate: 115200 DNS server IP address: Set eth0 network hardware address [MAC]: false GDB connection port: 9000 Force console for special debug messages: false Network debug at boot time: false Update RedBoot non-volatile configuration - continue (y/n)?
y... Erase from 0x83fe0000-0x83ffffff: . ... Program from 0x89fd0000-0x89ff0000 to 0x83fe0000: . RedBoot>
For most of these configuration variables, the default value is correct, although you may wish to provide a default server used for TFTP retrieval, and default DNS server. If there is no suitable BOOTP or DHCP service running on the local network then BOOTP should be disabled and, instead, RedBoot will prompt for a fixed IP address, netmask, and addresses for the local gateway and DNS server.
Once you have set appropriate RedBoot flash configuration values you may reset the board. When RedBoot issues its prompt, it is ready to accept connections from sh-elf-gdb, allowing applications to be downloaded and debugged. Connections can be made via either serial port, or by TCP to port 9000 (or an alternative port if manually set by the fconfig command).
Occasionally it may prove necessary to update the installed RedBoot image. This can be done simply by repeating the above process by toggling SW4-1 back to boot ETS and the TFTP bootloader. Alternatively, the existing RedBoot install can be used to load the RAM-resident version in which case the standard RAM RedBoot build can be used. See the RedBoot documentation for instruction on how to do this.
Should it prove necessary to rebuild a RedBoot binary, this is done
most conveniently at the command line. Assuming your
ECOS_REPOSITORY environment variables have been set correctly,
the steps needed to rebuild the RAM version of RedBoot are:
$ mkdir redboot_ram $ cd redboot_ram $ ecosconfig new sdk7780 redboot $ ecosconfig import $ECOS_REPOSITORY/hal/sh/sdk7780/
VERSION/misc/redboot_RAM.ecm $ ecosconfig resolve $ ecosconfig tree $ make
At the end of the build the
install/bin subdirectory should contain
Rebuilding the ROM version involve basically the same process. The ROM
version uses the file
generates a file named
redboot.bin. Make sure you
don't mix up the different redboot.bin files; rename them to something
more memorable such as
|2023-08-15||eCosPro Non-Commercial Public License|