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How do I use a Core Tile on an Integrator CP?

Applies to: Integrator, Versatile Core Tiles


[Updated 10 August 2006]

You can build a system with an ARM1136JF-S, ARM926EJ-S or ARM7TDMI Core Tile connected to an Integrator/CP baseboard using an IM-LT3 Interface Module. Since the IM-LT3 flash memory can only hold two FPGA images, you must use our 'progcards' utilities to load a suitable FPGA image into the IM-LT3 before you use it. Here are the steps to get you started:


  1. You will need a RealView ICE (RVI) or Multi-ICE to program the IM-LT3 flash. A Xilinx programmer is not suitable because the design will be lost every time the boards are reset. Note that you cannot use Multi-ICE to debug the ARM1136JF-S.

    • RVI must have firmware v1.4.1 or later, which you can download here. The RVI unit comes with a 5V DC power supply - DO NOT use anything else or you will damage the RVI. You can connect RVI to your PC with an Ethernet or USB cable. Connect the 5V DC supply to RVI and wait for the front panel LEDs to stop flashing. You can use the RealView ICE Config IP program to detect whether your RVI is visible on the network. You can use the RealView ICE Update program to check the firmware version.

    • Multi-ICE needs the Multi-ICE Server application that comes on its CD. The latest version of Multi-ICE Server is v2.2, you will also need the v2.2.6 patch from here. You need at least v2.2.4 to debug the ARM7TDMI (the test chip has a rev 4 core), and at least v2.2 to debug ARM926EJ-S. Upgrades to v2.2 from earlier versions are chargeable so please contact your local sales office for details. Multi-ICE is connected to your PC's parallel port with the supplied parallel cable. Note that it must be a motherboard parallel port.

  2. There are three different IM-LT3 FPGA images for the three different Core Tiles supported. They are installed by the Integrator Family CD to directory C:Program FilesARMIntegratorIM_LT31.0Releaseoardfiles or you can download them from here. If you download the 'boardfiles', select the .zip file for your Core Tile type and extract the files into a new directory.

  3. Download the latest version of the progcards utility from here. Unzip the files into the boardfiles directory from step 2.

  4. Disconnect the power source from the CP. This prevents power being accidentally applied to the boards while they are being assembled.

  5. To assemble the boards, first fit the Core Tile to the IM-LT3. DO NOT fit anything to the CP yet or you could damage its connectors. Apply firm hand pressure to ensure the Core Tile and IM-LT3 connectors mate fully.

  6. On the CP, check that the HDRA and HDRB pins are not bent or broken. On the IM-LT3, check that the holes in the HDRA and HDRB sockets are not obstructed. The CP goes on the bottom. Carefully line up the connectors, then gently push the boards together keeping them parallel.

  7. On the IM-LT3 fit the CONFIG jumper to header J14 (this is a switch on the lead-free version) next to the JTAG ICE connector. You must fit the CONFIG jumper before applying power so that the current FPGA image in flash is not loaded - if it was erroneous it could damage the board(s). Accidental damage to the boards is not covered by the warranty.

  8. The boardfiles will load the FPGA image into flash at address 0x0. Set the IM-LT3 DIP switches S4 to both be OFF, so that this image is loaded into the FPGA at power-up.

  9. Connect the RVI or Multi-ICE to the IM-LT3 board.

  10. Apply power to the CP baseboard and switch on power using the POWER button S1 on the CP (near the red LED). The orange 'CFGEN' LED on the IM-LT3 should be lit. Various other LEDs such as the power LEDs, all the alphanumeric and general purpose LEDs on the CP board will probably also light.

  11. Open a Command Prompt (MS-DOS) window and change directory to the boardfiles directory.

  12. If you have RVI connected then run progcards_rvi.exe from the command line. Progcards will detect which RVI units are available and prompt you to select one.

  13. If you have Multi-ICE connected, run the Multi-ICE Server application then select File -> Auto-Configure. It should find several devices in the JTAG scan chain, including the ARM core. If you do not have the Multi-ICE Server 2.2.6 patch installed you may have to add extra entries to your irlength.arm file so that Multi-ICE can properly identify all the devices, see the irlength_arm.txt file in the boardfiles directory. Now run progcards_multiice.exe from the command line.

  14. Progcards should identify your system. It will prompt you to select an option to program, then it should start programming. There are three steps: (1) load a flash programmer file ('via' file) into the FPGA so that progcards can write into the FPGA's configuration flash; (2) program the flash; (3) verify the flash. This will take a few minutes. When it is finished progcards should display "Programming Successful."

  15. Remove the CONFIG jumper and turn off the power by pressing the POWER button S1.

  16. Connect a serial cable from the upper DB9 connector on the CP to your PC. Run a terminal emulator program such as HyperTerminal. The settings are 38400 baud, no parity, 1 stop bit, no flow control.

  17. Turn power on. Almost instantly you should see the IM-LT3 'DONE' LED light (means the FPGA has a valid configuration), the CP alphanumeric display should change to say 'CP', and IM-LT3 LED D11 should also light. D11 has the same function as the 'MISC' LED on a standard Integrator Core Module, and is turned on by the Boot Monitor starting up. You should see output from the Boot Monitor on your terminal emulator program. Ignore IM-LT3 LEDs D12 to D18 - they are displaying undocumented boards debug information, selected by IM-LT3 DIP switch S3[2:1].

  18. Now auto-configure to detect the ARM core:

    • If you have RVI and RealView Development Suite (RVDS) 3.0 then run RealView Debugger (RVD). In RVD, select Target -> Connect to Target. In the Connection Control window that pops up select RealView-ICE, right click and select Configure. In the RVConfig window that pops up, select your RVI from the list, click on Connect, then click on Auto Configure Scan Chain. Select File -> Save then File -> Exit.

    • If you have Multi-ICE, auto-configure Multi-ICE Server again and it should only see the ARM core. Note that Multi-ICE does not support the ARM1136JF-S core for software debug.

  19. Connect your debugger to the ARM core:

    • For RVI and RVDS 3.0 - in the RVD Connection Control window double-click on RealView-ICE then double click on the ARM core underneath it.

    • For Multi-ICE and RVDS 3.0 - in RVD select Target -> Connect to Target, in the Connection Control window that pops up, double-click on Multi-ICE, then double-click on the ARM core underneath it.

Article last edited on: 2009-01-20 11:56:17

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