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HCL:SABRE Lite

tagline: From openSUSE

The Sabre Lite is a low-cost development platform featuring the powerful i.MX 6 Quad applications processor. Products based on the Freescale SABRE (Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering) Lite platform for i.MX 6 applications processors enable cost-effective, rapid development of multimedia applications for Android® and Linux® operating systems.

Technical Data

  • Quad-Core ARM® Cortex A9 processor at 1GHz
  • 1GByte of 64-bit wide DDR3 @ 532MHz
  • Three display ports (RGB, LVDS, and HDMI 1.4a)
  • Two camera ports (1xParallel, 1x MIPI CSI-2)
  • Multi-stream-capable HD video engine delivering H.264 1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode and 3-D video playback in HD
  • Triple Play Graphics system consisting of a Quad-shader 3D unit capable of 200MT/s, and a separate 2-D and separate OpenVG Vertex acceleration engine for superior 3D, 2D and user interface acceleration
  • Serial ATA 2.5 (SATA) at 3Gbps
  • Dual SD 3.0/SDXC card slots
  • PCIe port (1 lane)
  • Analog (headphone/mic) and Digital (HDMI) audio
  • Compact size (3″x3″)
  • 10/100/Gb Ethernet
  • 10-pin JTAG interface
  • 3 High speed USB ports (2xHost, 1xOTG)
  • 1xCAN2 port
  • I2C
  • GPIOs
  • 2MB Serial NOR Flash

More technical data (tests and configurations) on openSUSE:SABRE_Lite.

Installing the openSUSE Tumbleweed Image

  1. Download the latest image at http://download.opensuse.org/ports/armv7hl/tumbleweed/images/ and choose between:
    1. JeOS image for a minimal system openSUSE-Tumbleweed-ARM-JeOS-sabrelite-*.raw.xz or
    2. E17 image for a graphical system openSUSE-Tumbleweed-ARM-E17-sabrelite-*.raw.xz or
    3. LXQT image for a graphical system openSUSE-Tumbleweed-ARM-LXQT-sabrelite-*.raw.xzor
    4. XFCE image for a graphical system openSUSE-Tumbleweed-ARM-XFCE-sabrelite-*.raw.xz
  2. As root extract the image onto your SD-Card(replace sdX with the device name of your SD-Card). WARNING all previous data on the SD-Card will be lost.
xzcat [image].raw.xz | dd bs=4M of=/dev/sdX; sync
  1. Insert the SD-Card with the openSUSE image into your Board (uSD card on SD4 top slot or SD card on SD3 bottom slot)
  2. Connect the board to your PC via serial port.
  3. Connect the board to your monitor via DVI or HDMI. (optional)
  4. Power on the board.
  5. The board will boot on internal SPI memory. Then you have to type some command to boot on SD3 or SD4 slot:

For SD3 :

 mw.l 0x020d8040 0x3040 && mw.l 0x020d8044 0x10000000
 reset

For uSD4 :

 mw.l 0x020d8040 0x3840 && mw.l 0x020d8044 0x10000000
 reset

See HCL:SABRE_Lite#Ease_boot_on_uSD4_or_SD3 below, to ease boot choice.

  1. Walk through the first boot steps on the serial console.
  2. Have a lot of fun...

Installing the openSUSE 13.2 Image

  1. Download the latest image at http://download.opensuse.org/ports/armv7hl/distribution/13.2/appliances/ and choose between:
    1. JeOS image for a minimal system openSUSE-13.2-ARM-JeOS-sabrelite-*.raw.xz or
    2. E17 image for a graphical system openSUSE-13.2-ARM-E17-sabrelite-*.raw.xz or
    3. LXQT image for a graphical system openSUSE-13.2-ARM-LXQT-sabrelite-*.raw.xzor
    4. XFCE image for a graphical system openSUSE-13.2-ARM-XFCE-sabrelite-*.raw.xz
  2. As root extract the image onto your SD-Card(replace sdX with the device name of your SD-Card).
Warning all previous data on the SD-Card will be lost!
xzcat [image].raw.xz | dd bs=4M of=/dev/sdX; sync
  1. Insert the SD-Card with the openSUSE image into your Board (uSD card on SD4 top slot or SD card on SD3 bottom slot)
  2. Connect the board to your PC via serial port.
  3. Connect the board to your monitor via DVI or HDMI. (optional)
  4. Power on the board.
  5. The board will boot on internal SPI memory. Then you have to type some command to boot on SD3 or SD4 slot:

For SD3 :

 mw.l 0x020d8040 0x3040 && mw.l 0x020d8044 0x10000000
 reset

For uSD4 :

 mw.l 0x020d8040 0x3840 && mw.l 0x020d8044 0x10000000
 reset

See Ease boot on SDX below, to ease boot choice.

  1. Walk through the first boot steps on the serial console.
  2. Have a lot of fun...

Ease boot on uSD4 or SD3

SABRE Lite board always boot on internal u-boot, stored in SPI flash. To ease your bootchoice, you can save new commands in internal u-boot:

 setenv boot_on_sd3 'mw.l 0x020d8040 0x3040 && mw.l 0x020d8044 0x10000000 && reset'
 setenv boot_on_usd4 'mw.l 0x020d8040 0x3840 && mw.l 0x020d8044 0x10000000 && reset'
 saveenv

Then, on each boot, you can choose to boot on SD3 with:

 run boot_on_sd3

or on uSD4:

 run boot_on_usd4

If you want to always boot on SD3 run:

 setenv bootcmd 'run boot_on_sd3'
 saveenv

or on uSD4:

 setenv bootcmd 'run boot_on_usd4'
 saveenv

If you want to go back to original behaviour, just do:

 setenv bootcmd 'bootcmd_mmc'
 saveenv


Known Issues

Tumbleweed image

Current Tumbleweed image has problems with Ethernet. If you plug an Ethernet cable, it freezes the board. So, do not use Ethernet for now. You can use a USB dongle for Ethernet or WiFi as a workaround.