1. Allwinner ARMv8 SoCs

Trusted Firmware-A (TF-A) implements the EL3 firmware layer for Allwinner SoCs with ARMv8 cores. Only BL31 is used to provide proper EL3 setup and PSCI runtime services.

U-Boot’s SPL acts as a loader, loading both BL31 and BL33 (typically U-Boot). Loading is done from SD card, eMMC or SPI flash, also via an USB debug interface (FEL).

BL31 lives in SRAM A2, which is documented to be accessible from secure world only.

Current limitations:

  • Missing PMIC support

After building bl31.bin, the binary must be fed to the U-Boot build system to include it in the FIT image that the SPL loader will process. bl31.bin can be either copied (or sym-linked) into U-Boot’s root directory, or the environment variable BL31 must contain the binary’s path. See the respective U-Boot documentation for more details.

To build for machines with an A64 or H5 SoC:

make CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu- PLAT=sun50i_a64 DEBUG=1 bl31

To build for machines with an H6 SoC:

make CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu- PLAT=sun50i_h6 DEBUG=1 bl31

1.1. Trusted OS dispatcher

One can boot Trusted OS(OP-TEE OS, bl32 image) along side bl31 image on Allwinner A64.

In order to include the ‘opteed’ dispatcher in the image, pass ‘SPD=opteed’ on the command line while compiling the bl31 image and make sure the loader (SPL) loads the Trusted OS binary to the beginning of DRAM (0x40000000).