Renode, Fomu and EtherBone bridge example¶
This tutorial shows how to run a hybrid simulation where part of the platform is run in Renode and part on FPGA hardware.
The system architecture consists of three main parts:
For the simulation part, you need to have the latest version of Renode available in your system.
You can install a prebuilt pacakge for your OS or build a copy from sources as specified in the building instructions.
For the hardware part, you need to have the FOMU board.
FOMU needs to be flashed with the Foboot bitstream containing the ValentyUSB IP core with a USB-Wishbone bridge. The manufactured FOMU comes preloaded with this bitstream and can be used right away.
If you have assembled your own copy of the board or changed the original bitsteam, please remember to load Foboot again. For convenience, the prebuilt version of the bitstream is hosted by Antmicro.
In order to connect Renode to FOMU you need to download the EtherBone-to-USB bridge shipped with LiteX.
Clone the repository and initialize the environment:
git clone https://github.com/enjoy-digital/litex cd litex ./litex_setup.py init # this will clone the dependencies export PYTHONPATH=`pwd`:`pwd`/litex:`pwd`/migen
litex_server.py additionally requires the
pyusb package to be installed in the system:
pip3 install pyusb
Verifying the device¶
Plug FOMU into a USB port and verify if it has been recognized by checking the
[65038.250957] usb 2-1: new full-speed USB device number 16 using xhci_hcd [65038.409283] usb 2-1: New USB device found, idVendor=1209, idProduct=5bf0, bcdDevice= 1.01 [65038.409286] usb 2-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0 [65038.409287] usb 2-1: Product: Fomu DFU Bootloader v1.7.2-3-g9013054 [65038.409288] usb 2-1: Manufacturer: Foosn
Note: The version of the product might differ, but it should work correctly with v.1.7.2 upwards.
If the device is not detected, see the section below.
Loading the bitstream (optional)¶
If your device is detected as a DFU Bootloader in version 1.7.2 or higher, you can skip this step.
In order to upload a bitstream to a device that is not recognized as a DFU Bootloader you will need an external programming board.
For convenience, you can use the Fomu Programmer - the Open Hardware programming board for FOMU by Antmicro.
Download and make iceprog - open source programming software for Lattice iCE40:
iceprog requires the
ftdi library headers to be available in the system.
git clone https://github.com/cliffordwolf/icestorm cd icestorm/iceprog make
Download the prebuilt bitstream:
wget https://antmicro.com/projects/renode/foboot-bitstream.bin-s_104250-fc5f419372eb9a3a0baa5556483163bcfccb7d33 -O foboot-bitstream.bin
You can also build the bitstream yourself by following the instructions on the Foboot page.
Attach the board to the programmer and load the bitstream to the FPGA:
sudo iceprog foboot-bitstream.bin
Running the demo¶
Start the EtherBone bridge from the LiteX repository:
cd litex sudo python3 litex/tools/litex_server.py --usb --usb-vid 0x1209 --usb-pid 0x5bf0
Run the Zephyr OS image in simulation using the script shipped with Renode:
(monitor) start @scripts/complex/fomu/renode_etherbone_fomu.resc
Now you can control the HW LED from Zephyr’s shell using special commands:
uart:~$ led_toggle uart:~$ led_breathe
toggles the green led
makes the blue led blink with a fade-in/fade-out effect