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Release Notes for the QNX Neutrino 6.4.0 BSP for Freescale i.MX31 PDK 1.0.0#

System requirements#

Target system
  • QNX Neutrino RTOS 6.4.0
  • Board version: i.MX31 PDK
  • ARM1136 processor
  • 128 MB DDR SDRAM
  • 256 MB NAND flash

Host development system

  • QNX Momentics 6.4.0
  • Terminal emulation program (Qtalk, Momentics IDE Terminal, tip, HyperTerminal, etc.)
  • RS-232 serial port and serial cable, or a USB-to-serial cable
  • Ethernet link

System Layout#

The tables below depict the memory layout for the image and for the flash.

Memory layout

OS image loaded at: 0x00100000
Ethernet base address 0xB6000000

The interrupt vector table can be found in the buildfile located at src/hardware/startup/boards/mx31pdk/build

Getting Started#

Starting Neutrino#

Step 1: Build the BSP
You can build a BSP OS image from the source code. For instructions about building a BSP OS image, please refer to the chapter Working with a BSP in the Building Embedded Systems manual.

Copy or transfer the IFS image into your tftp server's directory.

  • When compiling using the command line the is ifs image is in the images directory.
  • When compiling using the IDE the IFS image is by default at /Workspace_root_dir/bsp-freescale-mx31pdk/Images.

Step 2: Connect your hardware

  1. Set up the board to three-board mode. Refer to the manual for the correct default jumper settings to use.
  2. Connect one end of the serial cable to the CON4 serial port on the debug board.
  3. Connect the other end of the serial cable to the first available serial port of your host machine (e.g. ser1 on a Neutrino host).
  4. Connect an RJ-45 Ethernet cable to J1 10/100 Base T Ethernet RJ45 Connector.
  5. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet network where a TFTP server (which you'll use to transfer the boot image) exists.

On your host machine, start your favorite terminal program with these settings:

  • Baud: 115200
  • Bits: 8
  • Stop bits: 1
  • Parity: none

Then, apply power to the target. You should see output similar to the following:

... Read from 0x07ee0000-0x07f00000 at 0xed100000: .
... Read from 0x07ed3000-0x07ed4000 at 0xed11f000: .
PMIC ID: 0x0000009b [Rev: 3.3]
Clock input is 26 MHz
LAN92xx Driver version 1.0
SMSC LAN9217: ID = 0x117a0000
Ethernet eth0: MAC address 00:04:9f:00:89:cb
IP:, Gateway:
Default server:
RedBoot(tm) bootstrap and debug environment [ROMRAM]
Non-certified release, version FSL 200740 - built 10:58:22, Oct 29 2007
Platform: Freescale (i.MX) MX31 3DS (Freescale i.MX31 based) PASS 2.0 [x32 DDR]
Copyright (C) 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Red Hat, Inc.
RAM: 0x00000000-0x07f00000, [0x00013ee0-0x07ed1000] available
FLASH: 0xe0000000 - 0xed120000, 1673 blocks of 0x00020000 bytes each.
== Executing boot script in 1.000 seconds - enter ^C to abort

Step 3: Setup the environment

At the RedBoot prompt, issue the fconfig command to change the current environment.

The current configurations will be displayed; change the configuration if you want.

Run script at boot: false
Use BOOTP for network configuration: false
Gateway IP address:
Local IP address:
Local IP address mask:
Default server IP address:
Board specifics: 0
Console baud rate: 115200
Set eth0 network hardware address [MAC]: false
GDB connection port: 9000
Force console for special debug messages: false
Network debug at boot time: false

Step 4: Boot the IFS image

Once the above setup is complete, you can run the load command at the RedBoot prompt to download the image: load -r -b 0x00100000 –h <TFTP server IP> /<TFTP server directory>/mx31pdk.raw

RedBoot will display the follow message and start downloading the boot image:

Using default protocol (TFTP)

If the image is successfully loaded RedBoot will display:

Raw file loaded 0x00100000-0x002300d3, assumed entry at 0x00100000

Type run to jump to startup and boot the IFS image. You should see the QNX Neutrino welcome message on your terminal screen:

Welcome to Neutrino on the i.MX31PDK (ARM 1136 core) Board

You can test the OS simply by executing any shell builtin command or any command residing within the OS image (e.g. ls).

Driver Command Summary#

The following table summarizes the commands to launch the various drivers.

ComponentBuildfile CommandRequired BinariesRequired LibrariesSource Location
Startupstartup-mx31pdk . . src/hardware/startup/boards/mx31pdk
Serialdevc-sermx1 -e -F -c66500000 0x43F90000,45  devc-sermx1 . src/hardware/devc/sermx1
SPIspi-master -d mx31 base=0x50010000,irq=13, src/hardware/spi/mx31
SDMAmx31_dma_cfg -cmx31_dma_cfg} src/utils/m/mx31_dma_cfg
Network io-pkt-v4 -dsmc9118 ioport=0xb6000000,irq=28,verbose=0 -ptcpip io-pkt-v4
USBio-usb -d ehci-mx31 ioport=0x43f88500,irq=36 (host 2) io-ubs
class drivers
prebuilt only
I2C i2c-imx31ads i2c-imx31ads . src/hardware/i2c/imx31ads
Audiomx31_dma_cfg -c
io-audio -d imx31pdk
io-display -dvid=0,did=0
prebuilt only

Some of the drivers are commented out in the default buildfile. To use the drivers in the target hardware, you'll need to uncomment them in your buildfile, rebuild the image, and load the image into the board.

USB, Graphics and Audio have addtional details:


USB can be run on the USB HOST ULPI Interface (HS).
  • Start io-usb as io-usb -d ehci-mx31 ioport=0x43f88500,irq=36

The USB host port is j4.

You will want to include class drivers, such as devb-umass in order to make use of attached USB devices.


The startup must be started with the following options:

startup-mx31pdk -v -r0x86000000,0x02000000,1

To start the driver. mx31pdk_lcd_init io-display -dvid=0,did=0


  • To start graphic driver, first launch spi driver for CSPI 1 on /dev/spi0, then launch LCD init application mx31pdk_lcd_init, then start io-display.
  • Starting io-display simply starts the display server. Nothing will appear on the display until a graphical application is run (i.e. vsync or egl-gears).

Required Config Files:

  • /etc/system/config/display.conf
  • /etc/system/config/imx31.conf

The /etc/system/config/display.conf configuration file describes the graphics memory interface settings. It should contain the following for a 480x640 resolution:

device {
         display {

Audio #

Only playback is supported

The sdma configuration utility, mx31_dma_cfg -c, should be launched before starting io-audio.

The stereo output jack is located at J19 on the Personality Board.

Known Issues for This BSP#

  • The resolution of the playback/capture positional information returned by the audio driver to the client is limited to the fragment size since we are unable to get the transfer count of the current DMA operation from the SDMA microcode. (Hardware limitation, no Ref# available)
  • Running the Open GLES conformance tests will cause the to lockup. This behaviour has not appeared with other 3D applications and will be investigated for a future release. (Ref # 56923)
  • The serial driver: devc-sermx1 doesn't support hardware flow control, and will be investigated for a future release . (Ref# 57988)