7.12.1. TF-A Build Instructions for Marvell Platforms

This section describes how to compile the Trusted Firmware-A (TF-A) project for Marvell’s platforms. Build Instructions

  1. Set the cross compiler

    > export CROSS_COMPILE=/path/to/toolchain/aarch64-linux-gnu-
  2. Set path for FIP images:

Set U-Boot image path (relatively to TF-A root or absolute path)

> export BL33=path/to/u-boot.bin

For example: if U-Boot project (and its images) is located at ~/project/u-boot, BL33 should be ~/project/u-boot/u-boot.bin


u-boot.bin should be used and not u-boot-spl.bin

Set MSS/SCP image path (mandatory only for A7K/A8K/CN913x when MSS_SUPPORT=1)

> export SCP_BL2=path/to/mrvl_scp_bl2*.img
  1. Armada-37x0 build requires WTP tools installation.

See below in the section “Tools and external components installation”. Install ARM 32-bit cross compiler, which is required for building WTMI image for CM3

> sudo apt-get install gcc-arm-linux-gnueabi
  1. Clean previous build residuals (if any)

    > make distclean
  2. Build TF-A

There are several build options:

  • PLAT

    Supported Marvell platforms are:

    • a3700 - A3720 DB, EspressoBin and Turris MOX

    • a70x0

    • a70x0_amc - AMC board

    • a70x0_mochabin - Globalscale MOCHAbin

    • a80x0

    • a80x0_mcbin - MacchiatoBin

    • a80x0_puzzle - IEI Puzzle-M801

    • t9130 - CN913x

    • t9130_cex7_eval - CN913x CEx7 Evaluation Board


    Default is without debug information (=0). in order to enable it use DEBUG=1. Can be enabled also when building UART recovery images, there is no issue with it.

    Production TF-A images should be built without this debug option!


    Defines the level of logging which will be purged to the default output port.

    • 0 - LOG_LEVEL_NONE

    • 10 - LOG_LEVEL_ERROR

    • 20 - LOG_LEVEL_NOTICE (default for DEBUG=0)


    • 40 - LOG_LEVEL_INFO (default for DEBUG=1)



    This flag determines whether to include the coherent memory region in the BL memory map or not. Enabled by default.


    Flag defining the LLC (L3) cache state. The cache is enabled by default (LLC_ENABLE=1).


    Flag enabling the LLC (L3) cache SRAM support. The LLC SRAM is activated and used by Trusted OS (OP-TEE OS, BL32). The TF-A only prepares CCU address translation windows for SRAM address range at BL31 execution stage with window target set to DRAM-0. When Trusted OS activates LLC SRAM, the CCU window target is changed to SRAM. There is no reason to enable this feature if OP-TEE OS built with CFG_WITH_PAGER=n. Only set LLC_SRAM=1 if OP-TEE OS is built with CFG_WITH_PAGER=y.


    Build trusted(=1)/non trusted(=0) image, default is non trusted. This parameter is used only for mrvl_flash and mrvl_uart targets.


    This parameter is required for mrvl_flash and mrvl_uart targets. For A7K/A8K/CN913x it is used for BLE build and for Armada37x0 it used for ddr_tool build.

    Specify path to the full checkout of Marvell mv-ddr-marvell git repository. Checkout must contain also .git subdirectory because mv-ddr build process calls git commands.

    Do not remove any parts of git checkout becuase build process and other applications need them for correct building and version determination.

CN913x specific build options:

  • CP_NUM

    Total amount of CPs (South Bridge) connected to AP. When the parameter is omitted, the build uses the default number of CPs, which is a number of embedded CPs inside the package: 1 or 2 depending on the SoC used. The parameter is valid for OcteonTX2 CN913x SoC family (PLAT=t9130), which can have external CPs connected to the MCI ports. Valid values with CP_NUM are in a range of 1 to 3.

A7K/A8K/CN913x specific build options:


    Points to BLE (Binary ROM extension) sources folder. The parameter is optional, its default value is plat/marvell/armada/a8k/common/ble which uses TF-A in-tree BLE implementation.


    When MSS_SUPPORT=1, then TF-A includes support for Management SubSystem (MSS). When enabled it is required to specify path to the MSS firmware image via SCP_BL2 option.

    This option is by default enabled.

  • SCP_BL2

    Specify path to the MSS fimware image binary which will run on Cortex-M3 coprocessor. It is available in Marvell binaries-marvell git repository. Required when MSS_SUPPORT=1.

Globalscale MOCHAbin specific build options:


    The DDR topology map index/name, default is 0.

    Supported Options:
    • 0 - DDR4 1CS 2GB

    • 1 - DDR4 1CS 4GB

    • 2 - DDR4 2CS 8GB

Armada37x0 specific build options:


    When HANDLE_EA_EL3_FIRST_NS=1, External Aborts and SError Interrupts, resulting from errors in NS world, will be always trapped in TF-A. TF-A in this case enables dirty hack / workaround for a bug found in U-Boot and Linux kernel PCIe controller driver pci-aardvark.c, traps and then masks SError interrupt caused by AXI SLVERR on external access (syndrome 0xbf000002).

    Otherwise when HANDLE_EA_EL3_FIRST_NS=0, these exceptions will be trapped in the current exception level (or in EL1 if the current exception level is EL0). So exceptions caused by U-Boot will be trapped in U-Boot, exceptions caused by Linux kernel (or user applications) will be trapped in Linux kernel.

    Mentioned bug in pci-aardvark.c driver is fixed in U-Boot version v2021.07 and Linux kernel version v5.13 (workarounded since Linux kernel version 5.9) and also backported in Linux kernel stable releases since versions v5.12.13, v5.10.46, v5.4.128, v4.19.198, v4.14.240.

    If target system has already patched version of U-Boot and Linux kernel then it is strongly recommended to not enable this workaround as it disallows propagating of all External Aborts to running Linux kernel and makes correctable errors as fatal aborts.

    This option is now disabled by default. In past this option has different name “HANDLE_EA_EL3_FIRST” and was enabled by default in TF-A versions v2.2, v2.3, v2.4 and v2.5.


    When CM3_SYSTEM_RESET=1, the Cortex-M3 secure coprocessor will be used for system reset.

    TF-A will send command 0x0009 with a magic value via the rWTM mailbox interface to the Cortex-M3 secure coprocessor. The firmware running in the coprocessor must either implement this functionality or ignore the 0x0009 command (which is true for the firmware from A3700-utils-marvell repository). If this option is enabled but the firmware does not support this command, an error message will be printed prior trying to reboot via the usual way.

    This option is needed on Turris MOX as a workaround to a HW bug which causes reset to sometime hang the board.


    For Armada 3720 Development Board only, when A3720_DB_PM_WAKEUP_SRC=1, TF-A will setup PM wake up src configuration. This option is disabled by default.

Armada37x0 specific build options for mrvl_flash and mrvl_uart targets:


    The DDR topology map index/name, default is 0.

    Supported Options:
    • 0 - DDR3 1CS 512MB (DB-88F3720-DDR3-Modular, EspressoBin V3-V5)

    • 1 - DDR4 1CS 512MB (DB-88F3720-DDR4-Modular)

    • 2 - DDR3 2CS 1GB (EspressoBin V3-V5)

    • 3 - DDR4 2CS 4GB (DB-88F3720-DDR4-Modular)

    • 4 - DDR3 1CS 1GB (DB-88F3720-DDR3-Modular, EspressoBin V3-V5)

    • 5 - DDR4 1CS 1GB (EspressoBin V7, EspressoBin-Ultra)

    • 6 - DDR4 2CS 2GB (EspressoBin V7)

    • 7 - DDR3 2CS 2GB (EspressoBin V3-V5)

    • CUST - CUSTOMER BOARD (Customer board settings)


    The clock tree configuration preset including CPU and DDR frequency, default is CPU_800_DDR_800.

    • CPU_600_DDR_600 - CPU at 600 MHz, DDR at 600 MHz

    • CPU_800_DDR_800 - CPU at 800 MHz, DDR at 800 MHz

    • CPU_1000_DDR_800 - CPU at 1000 MHz, DDR at 800 MHz

    • CPU_1200_DDR_750 - CPU at 1200 MHz, DDR at 750 MHz

    Look at Armada37x0 chip package marking on board to identify correct CPU frequency. The last line on package marking (next line after the 88F37x0 line) should contain:

    • C080 or I080 - chip with 800 MHz CPU - use CLOCKSPRESET=CPU_800_DDR_800

    • C100 or I100 - chip with 1000 MHz CPU - use CLOCKSPRESET=CPU_1000_DDR_800

    • C120 - chip with 1200 MHz CPU - use CLOCKSPRESET=CPU_1200_DDR_750


    The flash boot device, default is SPINOR.

    Currently, Armada37x0 only supports SPINOR, SPINAND, EMMCNORM and SATA:

    • SPINOR - SPI NOR flash boot

    • SPINAND - SPI NAND flash boot

    • EMMCNORM - eMMC Download Mode

      Download boot loader or program code from eMMC flash into CM3 or CA53 Requires full initialization and command sequence

    • SATA - SATA device boot

      Image needs to be stored at disk LBA 0 or at disk partition with MBR type 0x4d (ASCII ‘M’ as in Marvell) or at disk partition with GPT partition type GUID 6828311A-BA55-42A4-BCDE-A89BB5EDECAE.


    The boot partition number, default is 0.

    To boot from eMMC, the value should be aligned with the parameter in U-Boot with name of CONFIG_SYS_MMC_ENV_PART, whose value by default is 1. For details about CONFIG_SYS_MMC_ENV_PART, please refer to the U-Boot build instructions.


    The path of the binary can point to an image which does nothing, an image which supports EFUSE or a customized CM3 firmware binary. The default image is fuse.bin that built from sources in WTP folder, which is the next option. If the default image is OK, then this option should be skipped.

    Please note that this is not a full WTMI image, just a main loop without hardware initialization code. Final WTMI image is built from this WTMI_IMG binary and sys-init code from the WTP directory which sets DDR and CPU clocks according to DDR_TOPOLOGY and CLOCKSPRESET options.

    CZ.NIC as part of Turris project released free and open source WTMI application firmware wtmi_app.bin for all Armada 3720 devices. This firmware includes additional features like access to Hardware Random Number Generator of Armada 3720 SoC which original Marvell’s fuse.bin image does not have.

    CZ.NIC’s Armada 3720 Secure Firmware is available at website:

  • WTP

    Specify path to the full checkout of Marvell A3700-utils-marvell git repository. Checkout must contain also .git subdirectory because WTP build process calls git commands.

    WTP build process uses also Marvell mv-ddr-marvell git repository specified in MV_DDR_PATH option.

    Do not remove any parts of git checkout becuase build process and other applications need them for correct building and version determination.


    Use this parameter to point to Crypto++ source code directory. If this option is specified then Crypto++ source code in CRYPTOPP_PATH directory will be automatically compiled. Crypto++ library is required for building WTP image tool. Either CRYPTOPP_PATH or CRYPTOPP_LIBDIR with CRYPTOPP_INCDIR needs to be specified for Armada37x0.


    Use this parameter to point to the directory with compiled Crypto++ library. By default it points to the CRYPTOPP_PATH.

    On Debian systems it is possible to install system-wide Crypto++ library via command apt install libcrypto++-dev and specify CRYPTOPP_LIBDIR to /usr/lib/.


    Use this parameter to point to the directory with header files of Crypto++ library. By default it points to the CRYPTOPP_PATH.

    On Debian systems it is possible to install system-wide Crypto++ library via command apt install libcrypto++-dev and specify CRYPTOPP_INCDIR to /usr/include/crypto++/.

For example, in order to build the image in debug mode with log level up to ‘notice’ level run


And if we want to build a Armada37x0 image in debug mode with log level up to ‘notice’ level, the image has the preset CPU at 1000 MHz, preset DDR3 at 800 MHz, the DDR topology of DDR4 2CS, the image boot from SPI NOR flash partition 0, and the image is non trusted in WTP, the command line is as following

    MV_DDR_PATH=/path/to/mv-ddr-marvell/ WTP=/path/to/A3700-utils-marvell/ \
    CRYPTOPP_PATH=/path/to/cryptopp/ BL33=/path/to/u-boot.bin \
    all fip mrvl_bootimage mrvl_flash mrvl_uart

To build just TF-A without WTMI image (useful for A3720 Turris MOX board), run following command:

> make USE_COHERENT_MEM=0 PLAT=a3700 CM3_SYSTEM_RESET=1 BL33=/path/to/u-boot.bin \
    CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu- mrvl_bootimage

Here is full example how to build production release of Marvell firmware image (concatenated binary of Marvell’s A3720 sys-init, CZ.NIC’s Armada 3720 Secure Firmware, TF-A and U-Boot) for EspressoBin board (PLAT=a3700) with 1GHz CPU (CLOCKSPRESET=CPU_1000_DDR_800) and 1GB DDR4 RAM (DDR_TOPOLOGY=5):

> git clone https://git.trustedfirmware.org/TF-A/trusted-firmware-a.git
> git clone https://source.denx.de/u-boot/u-boot.git
> git clone https://github.com/weidai11/cryptopp.git
> git clone https://github.com/MarvellEmbeddedProcessors/mv-ddr-marvell.git
> git clone https://github.com/MarvellEmbeddedProcessors/A3700-utils-marvell.git
> git clone https://gitlab.nic.cz/turris/mox-boot-builder.git
> make -C u-boot CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu- mvebu_espressobin-88f3720_defconfig u-boot.bin
> make -C mox-boot-builder CROSS_CM3=arm-linux-gnueabi- wtmi_app.bin
> make -C trusted-firmware-a CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu- CROSS_CM3=arm-linux-gnueabi- \
    MV_DDR_PATH=$PWD/mv-ddr-marvell/ WTP=$PWD/A3700-utils-marvell/ \
    CRYPTOPP_PATH=$PWD/cryptopp/ BL33=$PWD/u-boot/u-boot.bin \
    WTMI_IMG=$PWD/mox-boot-builder/wtmi_app.bin FIP_ALIGN=0x100 mrvl_flash

Produced Marvell firmware flash image: trusted-firmware-a/build/a3700/release/flash-image.bin Special Build Flags


    When set this option to enable secondary recovery function when build atf. In order to build UART recovery image this operation should be disabled for A7K/A8K/CN913x because of hardware limitation (boot from secondary image can interrupt UART recovery process). This MACRO definition is set in plat/marvell/armada/a8k/common/include/platform_def.h file.

  • DDR32

    In order to work in 32bit DDR, instead of the default 64bit ECC DDR, this flag should be set to 1.

For more information about build options, please refer to the Build Options document. Build output

Marvell’s TF-A compilation generates 8 files:

  • ble.bin - BLe image (not available for Armada37x0)

  • bl1.bin - BL1 image

  • bl2.bin - BL2 image

  • bl31.bin - BL31 image

  • fip.bin - FIP image (contains BL2, BL31 & BL33 (U-Boot) images)

  • boot-image.bin - TF-A image (contains BL1 and FIP images)

  • flash-image.bin - Flashable Marvell firmware image. For Armada37x0 it contains TIM, WTMI and boot-image.bin images. For other platforms it contains BLe and boot-image.bin images. Should be placed on the boot flash/device.

  • uart-images.tgz.bin - GZIPed TAR archive which contains Armada37x0 images for booting via UART. Could be loaded via Marvell’s WtpDownload tool from A3700-utils-marvell repository.

Additional make target mrvl_bootimage produce boot-image.bin file. Target mrvl_flash produce final flash-image.bin file and target mrvl_uart produce uart-images.tgz.bin file. Tools and external components installation Armada37x0 Builds require installation of additional components

  1. ARM cross compiler capable of building images for the service CPU (CM3). This component is usually included in the Linux host packages. On Debian/Ubuntu hosts the default GNU ARM tool chain can be installed using the following command

    > sudo apt-get install gcc-arm-linux-gnueabi

    Only if required, the default tool chain prefix arm-linux-gnueabi- can be overwritten using the environment variable CROSS_CM3. Example for BASH shell

    > export CROSS_CM3=/opt/arm-cross/bin/arm-linux-gnueabi
  2. DDR initialization library sources (mv_ddr) available at the following repository (use the “master” branch):


  3. Armada3700 tools available at the following repository (use the “master” branch):


  4. Crypto++ library available at the following repository:


  5. Optional CZ.NIC’s Armada 3720 Secure Firmware:

    https://gitlab.nic.cz/turris/mox-boot-builder.git Armada70x0, Armada80x0 and CN913x Builds require installation of additional components

  1. DDR initialization library sources (mv_ddr) available at the following repository (use the “master” branch):


  2. MSS Management SubSystem Firmware available at the following repository (use the “binaries-marvell-armada-SDK10.0.1.0” branch):