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Contains various tools which help to create the image:

  • gen_part: generates the Allwinner partition table
  • extract_fw_blobs.sh: extracts the Allwinner firmware blobs from an existing image
  • boot0img: assembles ARM Trusted Firmware, U-Boot and potentially the SCP binary into an image that will be accepted by Allwinner's boot0 loader


The boot0img tool takes various compiled firmware bits and assembles them into an image which will be accepted by Allwinner's boot0 loader.

boot0 is an initial program loader, which will be loaded by the BROM code. There exist several versions, taylored for the medium they load from - (e)MMC/SD card, NAND flash, SPI flash.

The main task of boot0 is to initialize the SoC, most importantly the DRAM controller. It then loads the secondary firmware bits (e.g. U-Boot) from a boot medium (for instance an SD card) into DRAM and executes them.

The original Allwinner firmware consist of:

  • A U-Boot binary (with DTB), loaded at 160MB into DRAM.
  • The arisc firmware, loaded at SRAM A2 (@0x40000).
  • An ARM Trusted Firmware (ATF) binary, loaded at the beginning of DRAM.

The boot0img tool takes binary files for each of the three components and composes them into one image, properly filling the required header fields and calculating the mandatory checksum.

Some options allow to deviate more easily from Allwinner's original firmware setup and boot layout: for instance instead of the arisc controller firmware the ARM Trusted firmware binary can be written into SRAM A2 and run from there. Some options automatically provide trampoline code to simplify using a different firmware layout.


boot0img: assemble an Allwinner boot image for boot0
usage:  ./boot0img [-h] [-e] [-o output.img|-D /dev/sdx] [-b|-B boot0.img]
                   [-u u-boot-dtb.bin] -d bl31.bin -s scp.bin [-a addr]
                   [-p|-P size]
        ./boot0img [-c file]
	-h|--help: this help output
	-q|--quiet: be less verbose
	-o|--output: output file name, stdout if omitted
	-D|--device: output device file, -o gets ignored
	-b|--boot0: boot0 image to embed into the image
	-B|--boot0-patch: patch boot0 image and embed into image
	-c|--checksum: calculate checksum of file
	-u|--uboot: U-Boot image file (without SPL)
	-s|--sram: image file to write into SRAM
	-d|--dram: image file to write into DRAM
	-a|--arisc_entry: reset vector address for arisc
	-e|--embedded_header: use header from U-Boot binary
	-p|--partition: add a partition table with an <n> MB FAT partition
	-P|--EFI-partition: as above, but as an EFI partition

If you pass a boot0 image filename to the tool (-b|--boot0), it will create an image which can be written directly to an SD card. Otherwise just the blob with the secondary firmware parts will be assembled. Passing -B instead will patch boot0 to load the rest of the firmware bits from below the first MB of the uSD card.

Instead of an actual binary for the DRAM, you can write ARM or AArch64 trampoline code into that location. It will jump to the specified address.

--dram trampoline64:<addr>
--dram trampoline32:<addr>

Specifying an arisc entry address (-a) will populate the arisc reset exception vector with an OpenRISC instruction to jump to that specified address. The given SRAM binary will thus be written behind the exception vector area.

--arisc_entry 0x44008


To assemble a traditional Allwinner-based firmware image, use:

./boot0img -o firmware.img -b boot0.bin -u u-boot-dtb.img -e -s scp.bin -d bl31.bin

To assemble an image with a 64-bit U-Boot, an ATF running in SRAM and no arisc code at all, also have a pristine partition table with a 100 MB boot partition, use:

./boot0img -o firmware.img -B boot0.bin -u u-boot-dtb.img -e -s bl31.bin \
           -a 0x44008 -d trampoline64:0x44000 -p 100

This will load the U-Boot binary to 0x4a000000 as usual, but puts the ATF binary into the SRAM A2 location (where the arisc binary normally lives).

boot0 doesn't know about this, so will reset the arisc core anyway and it will start executing from the exception vector. So the ATF binary comes with some OpenRISC code which just stops the CPU, the address of which is at 8 bytes into it, so we set the arisc reset vector to jump to address 0x44008: 0x40000 (base of SRAM A2, arisc exception vectors) + 0x4000 (size of exception vector range) + 8. If we use the -a switch, the tool will automatically move the actual payload behind the arisc exception vectors (by filling in 16KB of zeroes, just leaving out the reset exception vector).

Now we don't have actually anything for running at the beginning of DRAM, but boot0 will jump there anyway, so we put AArch64 trampoline code there which takes us to the actual ATF code that we want to run.

To assemble an image with a 64-bit U-Boot glued to an ATF running in DRAM and the normal arisc code:

./boot0img -o firmware.img -s scp.bin -d bl31_uboot.bin