The ConnectCore 8M Mini platform uses U-Boot (Universal Bootloader) as its primary bootloader. U-Boot is an open-source project. You can find standard documentation about commands, environment variables, Flattened Device Tree support, and more at www.denx.de/wiki/U-Boot/Documentation.
About this guide
This guide only describes specific changes made to the standard U-Boot by Digi International.
U-Boot for ConnectCore 8M Mini is based on standard U-Boot v2020.04 plus NXP patches at https://source.codeaurora.org/external/imx/uboot-imx/.
The U-Boot for ConnectCore 8M Mini supports the following interfaces:
UART1 for console (115200/8/N/1)
eMMC for storage (on USDHC3)
uSD card (on USDHC2)
10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet on Atheros AR8031 PHY (RGMII)
One-Time-Programmable (OTP) bits
USB device for Fastboot communication
|U-Boot has not fully implemented device tree support. Although U-Boot source code contains a device tree, not all drivers make use of this information. Changes you make to the U-Boot device tree may not have any effect if the modified nodes and properties are not supported by their corresponding drivers.|
Fastboot protocol is a mechanism for communicating with bootloaders over USB. It is designed to be used across a wide range of devices and from hosts running different operating systems.
Fastboot enables you to boot and control your device, including:
Running any U-Boot command on the target from your host machine
Downloading images and files directly into RAM
Programming and erasing entire partitions from eMMC
To start Fastboot on your device, run the
=> fastboot <USB interface>
This leaves the device awaiting communication from the host through the selected USB interface. You can use UUU NXP tool in your host machine to communicate with the device.
See the UUU release repository for additional Fastboot documentation.