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AR# 47909

14.1 EDK - How do I boot an application from flash with the KC705?


This article gives an explanation and tutorial on how to bootload a DDR-linked application out of a parallel BPI flash on the Kintex KC705 board.

This is a minimal design, which will only use a MicroBlaze processor, DDR, Flash, and a UART-Lite peripheral. The addresses used are for demonstration purposes only, and can be edited at the desire of the end user.


Using Linear Flash (BPI):

  1. Ensure the MODE pins on the KC705 are set to M[2:0] = 010
  2. Build your Hardware in XPS
  3. In Base System Builder, select the KC705 for your device.
  4. Select DDR, Linear Flash, and UARTLITE for your peripherals
  5. Click Next until Finished
  6. Click Project -> Export Hardware Design to SDK
    • Ensure the Include bitstrem and BMM file checkbox is selected
  7. Once SDK launches, create two new Xilinx C Projects (Under File -> New)
    • Hello World
    • SREC Bootloader
  8. Ensure the linker scripts for each project point to the correct memory locations (right-click the application -> Generate Linker Script):
    • SREC Bootloader = BRAM
    • Hello World = DDR
  9. Open the blconfig.h file in the SREC bootloader project.
    • Set the address to match the FLASH BASEADDR in the system.xml + 0x0120 0000 offset
    • For example, if the FLASH starts at 0x7600 0000, you set the address to 0x7720 0000
  10. Build both applications with Ctrl-B
  11. Attempt to download the SREC Bootloader to the FPGA using Xilinx Tools -> Program FPGA and selecting that elf.
    • It should fail. This just runs DATA2MEM to get a download.bit with the SREC bootloader in it.
  12. Go to Xilinx Tools -> Program Flash
  13. Select your Hello World ELF file (Generally under the workspace_dir/hello_world_0/Debug/hello_world_0.elf)
  14. Check the box that says Convert to Bootable SREC format
  15. Set the flash offset to 0x01200000
  16. Program Flash
  17. Back in SDK, click on Xilinx Tools -> Launch Shell
  18. Type in:
    • promgen -p bin -c FF -o swapped.bin -data_file up 0 hello_world_0.elf.srec -w
    • you will need to point "hello_world_0.elf.srec" to wherever your srec is saved (generally under hw_platform_0/cache)
  19. Open iMPACT
  20. Click Create PROM file on the left side
  21. Select BPI Flash -> Configure Single FPGA -> [Green Arrow]
  22. Select Spartan-6 in Step 2
  23. Select 32M
  24. [Green Arrow]
  25. Select a save location you will remember
  26. File Format MCS
  27. Data Width x16
  28. Add Non-Configuration files YES
  29. Click OK
  30. Click OK on Start adding device file to Revision 0
  31. Find your download.bit under the hw_platform_0/ folder
  32. Do not add another Device File
  33. Add the swapped.bin file you made in step (18) as the non-configuration/data file
  34. Add it to address location 0x0090 0000
  35. Click Generate on the Left Side
  36. Initialize the Boundary Scan
  37. Right-Click your device, and Add SPI/BPI flash
  38. Assign the MCS you created in (25)
  39. Right-click the device's flash, and click Program.
  40. You should be done
AR# 47909
Date Created 12/10/2012
Last Updated 01/27/2013
Status Active
Type General Article
  • EDK - 14.1