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is an Open-Source firmware suite for ARM based platforms.
ARMboot is heavily based on the sister-project PPCboot, which provides similar
functionality on PowerPC based systems. ARMboot shall be a common, easy-to-use and easy-to-port boot platform
ARMboot is a firmware monitor/bootloader for embedded systems based
on ARM or StrongARM CPUs. The primary objectives for this software is
to be easily porTABLE to new platforms while being as powerful as possible.
To date it is the only GPL'ed ARM firmware capable of supporting multiple
types of flash memory, network download via bootp, dhcp, tftp, PCMCIA CF
booting and more.
ARMboot is heavily based on the sister project PPCboot. It is planned, to
move both projects even close together to increase their robustness and
ARMboot is hosted on Sourceforge:
Please also refer to navigations on the left.
The latest version can always be obtained via the anonymous CVS access of
Sourceforge. Tarballs are released sporadically, and can be downloaded from
the same site.
Features / Supported Hardware
Ports are available for the following platforms:
StrongARM - LART, SSV DNP1110, Shannon (Tuxscreen)
ARM720T - implementaA7, CLEP7312
PXA250 - Lubbock, Cradle
"Linux ARM Radio Terminal"
SSV DilNET PC (with flash support)
Tuxscreen (with support for IrDA keyboard, LCD screen)
Cirrus Logic EP7312 Dev. Board
Samsung SMDK2410X Eval Board
Altera EPXA1 Development Board
HHP PXA250 Infrared to Ethernet router
Intel PXA250 Development Platform
The following informations are also included as README when downloading the TGZ.
To configure and build ARMboot you will need a GNU cross development
tool-chain configured for arm-linux. You should NOT need any linux header
files. If so, please report this on the mailing list.
The cross development tools usually have a target specific prefix. For
instance, your cross compiler may be called "arm-linux-gcc" or
"arm_armv4-gcc". This prefix can be passed to the Makefile by setting the
CROSS_COMPILE variable, which defaults to "arm-linux-".
The following example is for the "LART" board:
sh# make lart_config
rm -f include/config.h include/config.mk
Configuring for lart Board...
sh# make all
arm_armv4-objcopy -O srec armboot armboot.srec
arm_armv4-objcopy -O binary armboot armboot.bin