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This is a page about the Freescale based i.MX6; i.MX6q SABRE Board for Smart Devices.

Availability

Boards:
MCIMX6Q-SDB at Digi-Key

Vendor Documentation

Notes

From: http://cache.freescale.com/files/32bit/doc/quick_start_guide/SABRESDB_IMX6_QSG.pdf
SW6: Boot from SD3 (underneath next to hdmi/ethernet)

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Basic Requirements

ARM Cross Compiler: GCC

This is a pre-built (64bit) version of Linaro GCC that runs on generic linux, sorry (32bit) x86 users, it's time to upgrade...
Download/Extract:

~/

Test:

~/

Bootloader: U-Boot

Das U-Boot – the Universal Boot Loader: http://www.denx.de/wiki/U-Boot
eewiki.net patch archive: https://github.com/eewiki/u-boot-patches
Download:

~/

Patches:

~/u-boot

Configure and Build:

~/u-boot

Linux Kernel

This script will build the kernel, modules, device tree binaries and copy them to the deploy directory.
Download:

~/

For v4.1.x (Longterm 4.1.x):

~/armv7-multiplatform

For v4.1.x-rt (Longterm 4.1.x + Real-Time Linux):

~/armv7-multiplatform

For v4.4.x (Longterm 4.4.x):

~/armv7-multiplatform

For v4.4.x-rt (Longterm 4.4.x + Real-Time Linux):

~/armv7-multiplatform

For v4.9.x (Longterm 4.9.x):

~/armv7-multiplatform

For v4.9.x-rt (Longterm 4.9.x + Real-Time Linux):

~/armv7-multiplatform

Build:

~/armv7-multiplatform/

Root File System

Debian 8

User

Password

debian

temppwd

root

root

Download:

~/

Verify:

~/

Extract:

~/

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

User

Password

ubuntu

temppwd

Download:

~/

Verify:

~/

Extract:

~/

Root File System (small flash)

A Root File System around 100Mb in size, for flash applications.

Debian 8 (small flash)

User

Password

debian

temppwd

root

root

Download:

~/

Verify:

~/

Extract:

~/

Setup microSD card

For these instruction we are assuming, DISK=/dev/mmcblk0, lsblk is very useful for determining the device id.

Erase partition table/labels on microSD card:

Install Bootloader:

~/

Create Partition Layout:
With util-linux v2.26, sfdisk was rewritten and is now based on libfdisk.

sfdisk
sfdisk >= 2.26.x
sfdisk <= 2.25.x

Format Partition:

Mount Partition:
On most systems these partitions may will be auto-mounted...

Install Kernel and Root File System

To help new users, since the kernel version can change on a daily basis. The kernel building scripts listed on this page will now give you a hint of what kernel version was built.

Copy and paste that "export kernel_version=4.X.Y-Z" exactly as shown in your own build/desktop environment and hit enter to create an environment variable to be used later.

Copy Root File System

~/

Set uname_r in /boot/uEnv.txt

~/

Copy Kernel Image

Kernel Image:

~/

Copy Kernel Device Tree Binaries

~/

Copy Kernel Modules

~/

File Systems Table (/etc/fstab)

Starting with the v4.5.x merge (and fixed in v4.5.3) mmc interface has been re-numbered...
https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git/commit/?id=520bd7a8b4152aacfbd34eb7f7a447354b631039
https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git/commit/?id=58821da858919f93f85c7e6823b49d439722a9e9

/etc/fstab
/etc/fstab v4.5.3+/v4.6.x+ kernels

Remove microSD/SD card

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