[riot-devel] CC2538dk Riotboot support

Francisco Acosta fco.ja.ac at gmail.com
Fri May 24 14:32:22 CEST 2019

Hi Brenton!

So far I remember we didn't take it into account, and I don't know if
someone is taking care of it.

As far as I know, there are two ways of supporting that CPU:

1. The way we do it now, which is linking the image in another start
address so the bootloader can recognise it and boot it.

2. Modify the start address on the CC2538 register dedicated to this.
This might be a bit tricky but also interesting for the sake of research
and compatibility.

However, I'd advice the first option to have the full benefits of the
bootloader and struggling less with the particular settings on that

Overall, the steps would be the following:

1. Adapt the linker scripts to succeed tests/cortexm_common_ldscript.
This consists on making the linker scripts on cpu/cc2838/ldscripts
comply with cpu/cortexm_common/ldscrpts/cortexm.ld. You might take a
look how is it done for stm32 or sam0 families.

2. Provide the length and start variables to link slots correctly:
   - ROM_LEN
   - RAM_LEN

Again, take a look on the supported CPUs as examples.

3. Make tests/riotboot pass

4. Perform a firmware update or flash different firmwares with different
versions so the bootloader choses the newest.

Optionally you might want to test if the WIP SUIT update format works.

Don't hesitate to make more questions if you have some!



On 24/05/2019 13:43, Brenton Chetty wrote:
> Hey guys, has anyone succeeded in providing riotboot support for the 
> cc2538dk board as yet?
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