ARM9 Based Platforms: MDK_2013-05-15 Released

Added by Michael Williamson about 4 years ago

We've released a new board support package (MityDSP Development Kit, MDK).

Highlights (see the release notes in the installer for details):

- On the ARM/linux end, the mityomap-full filesystem image was trimmed back to <96 M by removing the Qt documentation and examples. This allows for fitting the filesystem within a 128 MB NAND partition.

- On the DSP end, several additional drivers were added to the core library.

- On the FPGA, a couple of new cores were added to support the ADS8329 and some misc SPI devices.

TI TMS320C6xxx Based Products: MDK 2.12.0 Release

Added by Michael Williamson about 4 years ago

MDK 2.12.0 has been released. This is primarily a maintenance release as we migrate our build machines to virtualization servers for legacy support. There were a couple of minor features added to the AWG core element.

All PC software is now being built using MSVC 2010 and Qt 4.8.2.

See the wiki for a link to the detailed release notes and documentation.

ARM9 Based Platforms: Account Registration Policy Changed

Added by Michael Williamson over 4 years ago

The Critical Link Redmine site has changed it's user account registration policy. You will no longer be able to auto-confirm new accounts via email. Instead, when a new account is registered, an administrator for the site will need to validate your account prior to being enabled. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

TI TMS320C6xxx Based Products: MDK 2.11.0 Release.

Added by Michael Williamson about 5 years ago

MDK 2.11.0 has been released. Key changes from previous builds are the support for extracting complete FLASH images of a MityDSP product using the Bootloader and MityGUI tools. These FLASH images can also be used to "clone" a configured MityDSP. WARNING - Cloning one FLASH image to another unit will result in altering the MityDSP serial number and MAC address. Care needs to be taken to ensure that the Serial Numbers and MAC address are properly "fixed" after a cloning operation.

ARM9 Based Platforms: MDK_2012-03-12 Released.

Added by Michael Williamson over 5 years ago

We've released a new board support package (MityDSP Development Kit, MDK).

This package was built using a new toolchain (gcc 4.5.1) and eglibc. There is a new toolchain download that can sit side-by-side with the current toolchain. To install it on a linux machine you need to untar it at the root directory. To use the toolchain you'll need to execute:

user@machine: . /usr/local/oecore-i686/environment-setup-armv5te-angstrom-linux-gnueabi

The kernel released is version 3.2. This includes several new features and capabilities over the older 2.36 kernel, most notably some fixes and enhancements to the USB drivers as well as the ethernet drivers.

The angstrom distribution for the included filesystems is now using the OE core build process, and is based on the 2011 distribution configuration. Most notably the file systems use systemd over sysvinit scripts, which reduces the boot time a fair amount. Note: you should be able to generate your own file systems using The Online Narcissus Builder. The key is to select da850-omapl138-evm or the hawkboard configuration to start from. This will select binaries optimized for the OMAP-L138 CPU), and will also install the TI gstreamer code, etc. You will of course need to configure the boot to use the kernel port for your board. In additional, you may need to modify the inittab scripts to ensure that gettys are called with the "-L" option.

ARM9 Based Platforms: Next Release : New Kernel, New Toolchain + Filesystem

Added by Michael Williamson over 5 years ago

This is a heads up that the next MDK release (scheduled to come out sometime around 2/12) will be a notable departure from the earlier releases in the following ways:

  • New Kernel - the next release will advance the Linux Kernel to version 3.1 (or potenrially 3.2) from 2.6.34-rc1 and will sync back up to the linux mainline. Several new features and performance improvements for the OMAP-L138 SOC have been incorporated into this Kernel
  • New Toolchain - the next release will be built using GCC 4.4.3 and eglibc (instead of glibc).
  • New Angstrom Distribution - the angstrom build is being advanced from the classing OE to the new OE Core infrastructure supporting the recent 2012.1 Distribution. Faster boot time, updated tools, etc. Details about reproducing the filesystem will be coming shortly.

Critical Link will likely not advise current customer to upgrade to the new release unless they have a specific need for the upgrade, as some of the custom board files will not have been advanced to the new kernel by the release date.

New customers (or new designs) should start with this release if at all possible for smoother long term support.


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