So while Fedora is great for a lot of IoT use cases it can’t be used everywhere, such as on tiny micro controllers such as an ARM Cortex-M series or Intel Quark micro controllers, but that doesn’t mean that Fedora doesn’t make a fantastic developer platform for working with these devices.
I have a handful of Zephyr capable devices (BBC Micro:bit, NXP FRDM-K64F, 96Boards Carbon, TI CC3200 LaunchPad) so how can you get a build environment up and running quickly so you can start doing real development as quickly as possible.
In testing this I used a Digital Ocean cloud instance for a build host. Wherever you choose to build it make sure you have at least 2GB of RAM available as from my experience you need at least 2GB for building a Zephyr image.
From there we diverge a little from the upstream notes by installing the Fedora ARM cross compiler (only tested with ARM, not sure of state of other targets) and developer tools:
sudo dnf install git-core gcc gcc-arm-linux-gnu glibc-static libstdc++-static make dfu-util dtc python3-PyYAML
Next up we clone the upstream Zephyr git repository:
git clone https://gerrit.zephyrproject.org/r/zephyr zephyr-project
If we want to use a particular stable branch we now switch to the chosen branch. I’m using the latest stable release branch:
cd zephyr-project; git checkout v1.7-branch
Set up the cross compiler variables:
Select and build our target:
make CROSS_COMPILE="/usr/bin/arm-linux-gnu-" DTC=/usr/bin/dtc BOARD=96b_carbon
If we’re developing this on our local machine we can now just directly flash the new build straight to the device. To do this we connect a micro USB cable to the USB OTG port on the Carbon and to your computer. The board should power on. Force the board into DFU mode by keeping the BOOT0 switch pressed while pressing and releasing the RST switch.
Confirm DFU can see the device:
$ sudo dfu-util -l
Copyright 2005-2009 Weston Schmidt, Harald Welte and OpenMoko Inc.
Copyright 2010-2016 Tormod Volden and Stefan Schmidt
This program is Free Software and has ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY
Please report bugs to http://sourceforge.net/p/dfu-util/tickets/
Found DFU: [0483:df11] ver=2200, devnum=8, cfg=1, intf=0, path="2-1", alt=3, name="@Device Feature/0xFFFF0000/01*004 e", serial="123456789"
Found DFU: [0483:df11] ver=2200, devnum=8, cfg=1, intf=0, path="2-1", alt=2, name="@OTP Memory /0x1FFF7800/01*512 e,01*016 e", serial="123456789"
Found DFU: [0483:df11] ver=2200, devnum=8, cfg=1, intf=0, path="2-1", alt=1, name="@Option Bytes /0x1FFFC000/01*016 e", serial="123456789"
Found DFU: [0483:df11] ver=2200, devnum=8, cfg=1, intf=0, path="2-1", alt=0, name="@Internal Flash /0x08000000/04*016Kg,01*064Kg,03*128Kg", serial="123456789"
Flash our build onto the device:
sudo dfu-util -d [0483:df11] -a 0 -D outdir/96b_carbon/zephyr.bin -s 0x08000000
Now connect another micro USB cable to the UART port and run a console:
sudo screen /dev/ttyUSB0 115200
Hit the reset button and you should see the following output:
***** BOOTING ZEPHYR OS v1.7.1 - BUILD: Jun 6 2017 14:07:24 *****
Hello World! arm
Now we have a basic development environment setup, know we can build, flash and run a release on the 96boards Carbon next time we can do something more advanced 😉
Update (2017-06-13): Minor updates to dependency installs and make command