Creating a Devkit SD Card

NOTE: This guide assumes you are using Ubuntu 10.04, or similar distribution, on a Virtual Machine or as your main operating system.
*NOTE: The filesystem provided in the archives below are old, as are the Kernel image and u-boot image. It is recommended to rebuild the Linux Kernel and U-boot images, as well as use the newest available filesystem from the Yocto based MDKs 2018-MDK-Release-Notes

Useful Links

Rebuilding the Linux Kernel:
Rebuilding U-Boot:
Filesystem Wiki Page:

MDK November 2015 Release

The required files are installed by the MDK by default in /opt/criticallink/mitysom-335x_20151118/deploy

If you are using an older MDK on a current Linux system, you will need to update your mksd and populate_am335x_dev_sd scripts to the versions attached to the bottom of this wiki page. Please update those scripts before following these instructions.

To create an SD card, use the following steps:

  1. Change directory into the deploy directory
    $ cd /opt/criticallink/mitysom-335x_20151118/deploy
  2. Copy the desired kernel and U-Boot files to the boot directory.
    $ sudo cp uImage-devkit boot/uImage
    $ sudo cp 512MB_NAND/* boot/
  3. Determine which drive is the SD card
    $ sudo ./populate_am335x_dev_sd -p
    Found MMC card at /dev/sdf
    Disk /dev/sdf: 3965 MB, 3965190144 bytes
    49 heads, 48 sectors/track, 3292 cylinders, total 7744512 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00000000
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdf1            8192     7744511     3868160    b  W95 FAT32
  4. Create the SD Card. This will re-partition the disk and copy the necessary files to their respective locations. Note that absolute paths must be specified.
    sudo ./populate_am335x_dev_sd --rootfs=$(pwd)/mitysom-335x-devkit-mitysom-335x.tar.bz2 /dev/sdf

TI SDK Release (Current Dev Kit SD Cards)

Windows Host OS

NAND Size Download Link (redmine account required) MD5SUM
256MB d1742d8d2cba755900b4be5cf373f90b
512MB 9387087584dae9c68749143b5476252a
  1. Download the desired SD card version from the table above. Either image will work for a SoM with no NAND.
  2. Unzip the file so that you have a *.img file
  3. Download and use the Win32 Disk Imager application to write the image to your SD card
    1. Using an SD card reader in your PC insert the card to be written
    2. Open the Win32 Disk Imager application and be sure you select the drive letter for the SD card as this will erase the drive contents
    3. Image the drive and safely remove it

Linux (VM) Host OS

From the link above, pick a file under Dev Kit SD Card - 3.2 Kernel that is meant for the NAND size your module has. If you are unsure you can figure out your module's NAND size with this link, starting on line 19, and your module's model number.
If your module has no NAND, either archive will work!


For this procedure we will assume the module has a 256MB NAND.

What's in the archive
├── am335x_root.tar        - root file system tarball
├── boot
│   ├── MLO                - First stage boot loader image
│   ├── pointercal         - touch screen calibration file
│   ├── u-boot.img         - second stage boot loader image
│   ├── uEnv.txt           - u-boot's environment setup
│   ├── uImage             - Linux Kernel image
│   └── versions.txt       - Text file of software versions in the archive
├── md5sums.txt            - MD5 Checksums of the files in the archive
├── mksd                   - support script for populate_am335x_dev_sd
├── populate_am335x_dev_sd - script that will be used to make the SD card
└── populate_am335x_usb    - script that can be used to make a USB drive

Using the populate_am335x_dev_sd script

Usage info:

Usage: populate_am335x_dev_sd [opts] <MMC device>
    -h|--help        Print this help
    -c|--continuous  Continue and make multiple copies
    -f|--force       Don't ask.. just do it
    -v|--verbose     Be more verbose when working
    -m|--mount=<mount point> mount the disk at mount point
    -r|--rootfs=<rootfs tarfile> Use the specified tar file for root fs
    -p|--probe       Find mmccards and exit
    <MMC device> is the path to the /dev device for the SD card

  • Open a terminal window and navigate to the directory where the file was downloaded
    cd ~/Downloads
  • Unzip the archive
  • Navigate to the new created MityARM-335X_dev folder
    cd MityARM-335X_dev
  • Make the populate_am335x_dev_sd and mksd scripts executable
    sudo chmod +x populate_am335x_dev_sd mksd
  • Insert your SD card or SD Card reader into your computer and run the following to see what device the reader belongs to
    sudo fdisk -l

    You will see output similar to below
    mitydsp@mitydsp-dev:~/Desktop$ sudo fdisk -l
    [sudo] password for mitydsp: 
    Disk /dev/sda: 128.8 GB, 128849018880 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 15665 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0005af78
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *           1       15024   120673280   83  Linux
    /dev/sda2           15024       15665     5152769    5  Extended
    /dev/sda5           15024       15665     5152768   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    Disk /dev/sdd: 3973 MB, 3973054464 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 483 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0001a4c8
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdd1               1         483     3879666   83  Linux

    NOTE: The device that has an asterisk in the boot column is your computer's boot drive. Do NOT use this device as it will overwrite and destroy your boot drive.
    A good rule of thumb is to pick the device that is of similar size to the SD Card you are using in the card reader.
  • Using the device location from the previous command (in this case /dev/sdd), run the following command
    sudo ./populate_am335x_dev_sd /dev/sdd

    Follow the prompts. The SD creation process will take a bit of time. When asked, unmount the device.

The SD card is now ready to use with your MitySoM-335x!

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