The ConnectCore 6 Plus is shipped without a default operating system loaded. Only U-Boot is flashed in the device. This step demonstrates how to install Digi Embedded Yocto in your ConnectCore 6 Plus.

1. Establish a serial connection with your device

Open a serial connection with the device. You can use any serial terminal program such as Tera Term, Minicom, CoolTerm, or HyperTerminal.

PuTTY terminal program is not recommended due to an incompatibility with the USB/serial driver.

Open a serial connection with the following settings:

Parameter Value

Port

Serial port where the device is connected

Baud rate

115200

Data bits

8

Parity

None

Stop bits

1

Flow control

None

2. Download the firmware

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3. Program the firmware

There are multiple methods of programming the firmware to the target:

Program the firmware using uSD card

  1. Decompress the zip file.

  2. Place the decompressed files in the root of a FAT-formatted microSD card and insert it in the microSD socket of the board.

  3. Reset the device by pressing the reset button on the board and immediately press any key in the serial terminal to stop the auto-boot process. The U-Boot bootloader prompt displays:

    U-Boot dub-2017.03-r7.1 (Oct 02 2020 - 15:35:14 +0000)
    
    CPU:   Freescale i.MX6QP rev1.1 at 792MHz
    CPU:   Industrial temperature grade (-40C to 105C) at 38C
    Reset cause: POR
    I2C:   ready
    DRAM:  2 GiB
    MMC:   FSL_SDHC: 0, FSL_SDHC: 1
    In:    serial
    Out:   serial
    Err:   serial
    Model: Digi International ConnectCore 6 QuadPlus Single Board Computer.
    ConnectCore 6 Plus SOM variant 0x02: Industrial QuadPlus-core 1GHz, 8GB eMMC, 2GB DDR3, -40/+85C, Wireless, Bluetooth, Kinetis
    Board: ConnectCore 6 Plus SBC, version 3, ID 160
    Boot device: MMC4
    PMIC:  DA9063, Device: 0x61, Variant: 0x63, Customer: 0x00, Config: 0x90
    Net:   FEC [PRIME]
    Hit any key to stop autoboot:  0
    =>
    Information in the console log may vary.
  4. Install the firmware into the internal eMMC, executing the following command:

    => run install_linux_fw_sd
  5. Once the firmware is installed, the device boots automatically. The default username is root with no password.

    During installation, error messages appear when the installation process attempts to override MAC addresses. These messages are expected.

    ## Resetting to default environment
    oldval: 00:40:9D:7D:17:9A  defval: 00:04:f3:ff:ff:fa
    ## Error: Can't overwrite "ethaddr"
    himport_r: can't insert "ethaddr=00:04:f3:ff:ff:fa" into hash table
    oldval: 00:40:9D:7D:17:9B  defval: 00:04:f3:ff:ff:fb
    ## Error: Can't overwrite "eth1addr"
    himport_r: can't insert "eth1addr=00:04:f3:ff:ff:fb" into hash table
    oldval: 00:40:9D:7D:17:9C  defval: 00:04:f3:ff:ff:fc
    ## Error: Can't overwrite "wlanaddr"
    himport_r: can't insert "wlanaddr=00:04:f3:ff:ff:fc" into hash table
    oldval: 00:40:9D:7D:17:9D  defval: 00:04:f3:ff:ff:fd
    ## Error: Can't overwrite "btaddr"
    himport_r: can't insert "btaddr=00:04:f3:ff:ff:fd" into hash table

Program the firmware using USB mass storage

Follow these steps to install Yocto in the device:

  1. Decompress the zip file.

  2. Place the decompressed files in the root of a FAT-formatted USB mass storage and insert it in the USB host connector of the board.

  3. Reset the device by pressing the reset button on the board and immediately press any key in the serial terminal to stop the auto-boot process. The U-Boot bootloader prompt displays:

    U-Boot dub-2017.03-r7.1 (Oct 02 2020 - 15:35:14 +0000)
    
    CPU:   Freescale i.MX6QP rev1.1 at 792MHz
    CPU:   Industrial temperature grade (-40C to 105C) at 38C
    Reset cause: POR
    I2C:   ready
    DRAM:  2 GiB
    MMC:   FSL_SDHC: 0, FSL_SDHC: 1
    In:    serial
    Out:   serial
    Err:   serial
    Model: Digi International ConnectCore 6 QuadPlus Single Board Computer.
    ConnectCore 6 Plus SOM variant 0x02: Industrial QuadPlus-core 1GHz, 8GB eMMC, 2GB DDR3, -40/+85C, Wireless, Bluetooth, Kinetis
    Board: ConnectCore 6 Plus SBC, version 3, ID 160
    Boot device: MMC4
    PMIC:  DA9063, Device: 0x61, Variant: 0x63, Customer: 0x00, Config: 0x90
    Net:   FEC [PRIME]
    Hit any key to stop autoboot:  0
    =>
    Information in the console log may vary.
  4. Install the firmware into the internal eMMC, executing the following command:

    => run install_linux_fw_usb
  5. Once the firmware is installed, the device boots automatically. The default username is root with no password.

    During installation, error messages appear when the installation process attempts to override MAC addresses. These messages are expected.

    ## Resetting to default environment
    oldval: 00:40:9D:7D:17:9A  defval: 00:04:f3:ff:ff:fa
    ## Error: Can't overwrite "ethaddr"
    himport_r: can't insert "ethaddr=00:04:f3:ff:ff:fa" into hash table
    oldval: 00:40:9D:7D:17:9B  defval: 00:04:f3:ff:ff:fb
    ## Error: Can't overwrite "eth1addr"
    himport_r: can't insert "eth1addr=00:04:f3:ff:ff:fb" into hash table
    oldval: 00:40:9D:7D:17:9C  defval: 00:04:f3:ff:ff:fc
    ## Error: Can't overwrite "wlanaddr"
    himport_r: can't insert "wlanaddr=00:04:f3:ff:ff:fc" into hash table
    oldval: 00:40:9D:7D:17:9D  defval: 00:04:f3:ff:ff:fd
    ## Error: Can't overwrite "btaddr"
    himport_r: can't insert "btaddr=00:04:f3:ff:ff:fd" into hash table