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The CircuitCo HiKey and LeMaker HiKey are 96Boards Consumer Edition compliant single-board computers.


Technical data

  • HiSilicon Kirin 620 SoC
    • 8x ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
    • ARM Mali-450 MP4 GPU
  • 1 GB / 2 GB RAM
  • 2x USB host, 1x USB OTG
  • HDMI
  • Micro SD
SD Card is the first boot preference, it will always boot irrespective of ANY OS flashed on the eMMC

Manual installation

Booting from SD card seems currently broken in their EDK2 firmware (as of 16.06): https://bugs.96boards.org/show_bug.cgi?id=177 Using the latest Linaro l-loader.bin and fip.bin files seems to resolve this.

With a Factory based EFI image you currently need earlycon to get serial output, with the Contrib:96boards hikey image earlycon=pl011,0xf7113000.

You also seem to need the following line:

devicetree /boot/dtb/hisilicon/hi6220-hikey.dtb


As alternative to Tianocore with the above device tree limitations, you can try U-Boot as bootloader:

Extract recovery.bin and l-loader.bin from l-loader-hikey package and fip.bin from arm-trusted-firmware-hikey package.

Connect a suitable Micro USB cable (e.g., to USB 2.0 Type A) between HiKey board and your host.

Install the jumper 3-4 (J601 on LeMaker HiKey) for recovery boot, then power on the board.
You will not see any serial output, but a new /dev/ttyUSBx device should appear.

# python burn-boot/hisi-idt.py -d /dev/ttyUSBx --img1 recovery.bin

This will boot into a special Arm Trusted Firmware mode where you can use the Android fastboot protocol over USB to flash new firmware:

$ fastboot flash loader l-loader.bin
$ fastboot flash fastboot fip.bin

Note: Files transferred via fastboot currently need to have 512-byte alignment (b9o#633). If you wish to flash your own files, make sure the files are aligned by adding suitable zero padding bytes at the end, as instructed in the bug comment #1.

Remember to remove the jumper 3-4 before you do fastboot reboot or a reset.

You will then need to install on your HiKey boot medium the dtb-hisilicon package matching your kernel, and our U-Boot should pick it up automatically.


JeOS-efi (and modified JeOS-hikey) gets stuck during early boot: Bug #1040492


If you broke your board due to broken sotfware, you can follow upstream recovery manual: https://www.96boards.org/documentation/consumer/hikey/hikey620/installation/board-recovery.md.html

See also