Official sunxi OpenEmbedded layer for Allwinner-based boards.
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Latest commit a84d6a4 Apr 26, 2017 @ebutera ebutera sdcard_image-sunxi: fix dependency loop
As suggested by Andrei Gherzan (see #178):

"The current implementation inherits sdcard_image-sunxi.bbclass
unconditionally which in turn, sets two depends on do_rootfs
unconditionally again.

This means that if I want to build an initramfs image in the
kernel image I will get a dependency loop."

Signed-off-by: Enrico Butera <>


Official sunxi OpenEmbedded layer for Allwinner-based boards.

This layer depends on the additional layer:

meta-openembedded: git://

Tested with core-image-base.


Kernel / U-Boot Version

Most Allwinner devices and hardware are supported in mainline kernel and U-Boot, so this layer builds mainline by default. There is a custom U-Boot and Kernel version for sunxi devices which includes some special drivers not mainlined. These versions are rather old (3.4 for kernel and 2014.04 for U-Boot), but may support more functions and devices than current mainline

If you want to switch back to sunxi versions for some reasons (no device tree available, unsupported hardware), either:

  • change the file conf/machine/include/ to include the following block

  • edit your conf/local.conf to add the following block

    PREFERRED_PROVIDER_u-boot="u-boot-sunxi" PREFERRED_PROVIDER_virtual/bootloader="u-boot-sunxi" PREFERRED_PROVIDER_virtual/kernel="linux-sunxi"

If you already have built the mainline versions it might be necessary to reset the build directories with:

bitbake -c clean linux u-boot


The default machine settings are meant to be the lowest common denominator, maximizing generality. Significantly better performance (2x-3x) can be achieved with the following settings:

Allwinner A20

For Allwinner A20 (Cubieboard2/CubieTruck), the following tuning options are recommended:

Enable hardfloat, thumb2 and neon capabilities

DEFAULTTUNE = "cortexa7hf-neon-vfpv4"

This tuning profile takes advantage of the Allwinner A20 hardfloat, neon and vfpv4 capabilities.

Change CPU governor to ondemand, and tune settings

echo ondemand > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_governor
echo 336000 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_min_freq
echo 912000 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_max_freq
#More aggressive
#echo 1008000 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_max_freq
echo 40 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/ondemand/up_threshold
echo 200000 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/ondemand/sampling_rate

This code changes the default CPU governor from fantasy to ondemand, and tunes its settings, as recommended at

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