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Wednesday, October 28 • 18:30 - 19:20
U-Boot: Porting and Maintaining a Bootloader for a Multimedia SoC Family - Neil Armstrong, BayLibre SAS

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Porting and maintaining Linux for a Multimedia SoC is one thing (already very complex), but without a proper Bootloader, how would we do ? For the last 4 Years, we were pushing Upstream Linux support for the Amlogic Multimedia SoCs with very well-known Single Board Computers like Odroid-C2, Libre Computer Le Potato, Khadas VIMs... but a key point was missing until 2 years ago: a clean Bootloader. We only relied on the Vendor Bootloader, but it quickly became an issue for various reasons: - was complex to rebuild - even more complex to enhance and fix - did some weird and quirkly hardware enablement before linux - was confusing because the vendor Bootloader behavior changed over time So we implemented an all-most complete U-Boot support for these Amlogic SoCs, including HDMI video support and support Android AOSP boot. And a big bonus appeared: we got UEFI support for free ! Neil will go through all the development process, what we achieved, the remaining work and how U-Boot maintenance and code quality evolved over time.

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Neil Armstrong

Embedded Linux Engineer, BayLibre
Embedded Linux Engineer since 2008, Neil worked on designing and supporting small in-house designed SoCs for Digital TV Content Protection, Set-Top-Box or Security Co-Processor, and is now Embedded Linux Expert in the Baylibre team. He ports, maintains and upstreams Linux support... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 18:30 - 19:20 GMT
ELC Theater
  Embedded Linux Conference (ELC), Bootloader