Linux BSP User Guide for AM335x series

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Start your Linux Development

Generally,to do Linux development, you’ll need a host PC running Linux. In the development with the advantech SDK, it would be strongly recommend to use Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 bit/ Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64 bit as developing environment. Because we have successfully tested our BSP on these OS version. Please install the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 bit / Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64 bit at your PC/NB in advance.

Configure your Linux Host

After installed this OS, you must install some essential libraries or tools on your host PC for building these source code. We will describe how to install them as follow:

  • 1. build-essential

If you have a new Ubuntu system where you have not installed anything for building. The build-essential library is necessary. The command as follow:

 # sudo apt-get install build-essential
  • 2. 32-bit compatibility libraries

As we known, the host PC is 64-bit Ubuntu, but some tools are a 32-bit tool. To make them work, you must install this 32-bit compatibility libraries. The command is follow on 64 bit Ubuntu14.04:

 # dpkg --add-architecture i386
 # cd /etc/apt/sources.list.d
 # echo "deb raring main restricted universe multiverse" >ia32-libs-old-release.list
 # sudo apt-get update
 # sudo apt-get install ia32-libs 
 # sudo rm ia32-libs-old-release.list
 # sudo apt-get update 

On the 64-bit Ubuntu12.04, you need to type the following command:

 #sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
  • 3. Some essential tools for BSP building

After step1 and step2, you can build some application based linux. But if you want to build BSP source code, you need to install these following tools on ubuntu14.04.

 # sudo apt-get update libncurses5-dev autoconf automake dos2unix u-boot-tools

And On ubuntu14.04, you can type following command to install these software:

 # sudo apt-get update libncurses5-dev autoconf automake dos2unix uboot-mkimage

Because starting with Ubuntu 14.04 the package name for uboot-mkimage has changed to u-boot-tools.
After these steps, you can buid what you want, best wishes!

Install Advantech SDK

When you obtain the advantech Linux source code package, please refer to following instructions to install it to you host PC.

 1. Copy "AM335X_LBBxxxx_yyyy-mm-dd.bin" package to /root/.
 2. Start your "Terminal" on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
 3. $sudo su (Change to “root” authority)
 4. Input user password
 5. # cd /root/
 6. # chmod 777 AM335X_LBBxxxx_yyyy-mm-dd.bin    
 7. # ./AM335X_LBBxxxx_yyyy-mm-dd.bin 
 8. Input “yes”
 9. Then you can see folder "AM335X_LBBxxxx_yyyy-mm-dd" on /root/. 

AM335x board source code package (BSP) contains cross compiler, Linux source code, Uboot source code, root file system and some scripts used in development. Some of above components are developed by Advantech and the others are developed by open source community. AM335x source code package is composed of six main folders: “cross_compiler”, “document”,“image”, “package”, “scripts”, and “source”.
Note! AM335x source code package (BSP) is Advantech’s Intellectual Property. If you need to access this package, please contact your Advantech support window.
The description of AM335x BSP package contents:

cross_compiler Cross compiler tool
document Some important documents, such as usermanual.
image uImage, u-boot.img
image/rootfs Linux root file system
package source code provided by TI or open source community without any modification, for example: kernel source, uboot source, libmodbus source
scripts scripts for configure system and compile images automatically.
source source code owned by Advantech, the uboot, kernel and libmodbus source code and demo source for AM335x

1. cross_compiler tools
You can use the cross compiler tool chain to compile the uboot, uImage, modbus library and related applications. (gcc version is 4.7.3 20130226).

2. Scripts
The scripts provided by Advantech will help you configure system or build the images more quickly. Please check them as follows: A script to setup the developing environment quickly. A script to configure the u-boot building setup quickly. A script to build the u-boot and copy the “u-boot” to “image” folder after building. A script to build the “uImage” and copy the “uImage” to “image” folder after building. A script to build the “uImage” and copy the “uImage” to“image” folder after building. A script to setup up a bootable SD card if users build their images. A script to go to SD card Linux O.S. then burn O.S to eMMC flash

3. source This folder contains sub-directories "linux-3.2.0-psp04.06.00.11" and "u-boot-2013.01.01-psp06.00.00.00" and demo. They are the source codes of the Linux kernel, U-boot and demo.

SDK build guide

Developement Guide