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7.7 Summary

This chapter examined the role of the bootloader and discovered the limited execution context in which a bootloader must exist. We covered one of the most popular bootloaders, U-Boot, in some detail. We walked through the steps of a typical port to a board with similar support in U-Boot. We briefly introduced additional bootloaders in use today so that you can make an informed choice for your particular requirements.

  • The bootloader's role in an embedded system cannot be overstated. It is the first piece of software that takes control upon applying power.
  • Das U-Boot has become a popular universal bootloader for many processor architectures. It supports a large number of processors, reference hardware platforms, and custom boards.
  • U-Boot is configured using a series of configuration variables in a board-specific header file. Appendix B contains a list of all the standard U-Boot command sets supported in a recent U-Boot release.
  • Porting U-Boot to a new board based on a supported processor is relatively straightforward.
  • There is no substitute for detailed knowledge of your processor and hardware platform when bootloader modification or porting must be accomplished.
  • You may need a device tree binary for your board, especially if it is Power Architecture and soon perhaps ARM.

7.7.1 Suggestions for Additional Reading

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