19. NXP i.MX 8M Series

The i.MX 8M family of applications processors based on Arm Corte-A53 and Cortex-M4 cores provide high-performance computing, power efficiency, enhanced system reliability and embedded security needed to drive the growth of fast-growing edge node computing, streaming multimedia, and machine learning applications.

19.1. Boot Sequence

Bootrom –> SPL –> BL31 –> BL33(u-boot) –> Linux kernel

19.2. How to build

19.2.1. Build Procedure

  • Prepare AARCH64 toolchain.

  • Build spl and u-boot firstly, and get binary images: u-boot-spl.bin, u-boot-nodtb.bin and dtb for the target board.

  • Build TF-A

    Build bl31:

    CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu- make PLAT=<Target_SoC> bl31

    Target_SoC should be “imx8mq” for i.MX8MQ SoC. Target_SoC should be “imx8mm” for i.MX8MM SoC. Target_SoC should be “imx8mn” for i.MX8MN SoC. Target_SoC should be “imx8mp” for i.MX8MP SoC.

19.2.2. Deploy TF-A Images

TF-A binary(bl31.bin), u-boot-spl.bin u-boot-nodtb.bin and dtb are combined together to generate a binary file called flash.bin, the imx-mkimage tool is used to generate flash.bin, and flash.bin needs to be flashed into SD card with certain offset for BOOT ROM. the u-boot and imx-mkimage will be upstreamed soon, this doc will be updated once they are ready, and the link will be posted.

19.3. TBBR Boot Sequence

When setting NEED_BL2=1 on imx8mm. We support an alternative way of boot sequence to support TBBR.

Bootrom –> SPL –> BL2 –> BL31 –> BL33(u-boot with UEFI) –> grub

This helps us to fulfill the SystemReady EBBR standard. BL2 will be in the FIT image and SPL will verify it. All of the BL3x will be put in the FIP image. BL2 will verify them. In U-boot we turn on the UEFI secure boot features so it can verify grub. And we use grub to verify linux kernel.