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Enable and Disable SHARC Cores


This document introduces two kind of core control solutions which support ADSP-SC573, SC584, SC589 EZ-Kits and SC589-MINI. One method is to control SHARC Cores with u-boot ICC command. Other way includes a kernel device driver and a command-line utility, for enabling and disabling the SHARC cores (Core 1 & 2) from the ARM core (Core 0), which have been added to the Yocto Linux distribution for ADSP-SC573, SC584, SC589 and SHARC AUDIO MODULE.

Method 1: Enable SHARC cores with u-boot ICC command

Configure u-boot to Enable Slave Cores

The slave SHARC core 0 and 1 in SC5xx silicon can be enabled and disabled in u-boot command console. In order to include this ICC command into u-boot, you need to select it in u-boot configuration.

$ bitbake u-boot-adi -c menuconfig
ARM architecture  --->
    [*] ICC command to enable and disable slave cores

After saving the configuration in u-boot, rebuild the u-boot ldr image for sc5xx boards.

$ bitbake u-boot-adi -C compile

Finally, flash the u-boot LDR image into the SPI flash of SC5xx.

U-boot ICC command usage

The ICC command can enable or disable a specific slave core. The SHARC core ids accepted by this command for SC5xx are 1 and 2, any other id value is ignored. The ICC message queue at the beginning of L2 SRAM is reset before enabling the SHARC cores.

sc # icc
icc - Inter core communication interface
icc icc enable <coreid>
 - enable coreid
icc disable <coreid>
 - disable coreid

Method 2: Enable SHARC Cores with corecontrol Utility in Linux

Linux Core Control Driver

The corectrl Device

A new corectrl device has been created to allow Linux user to enable and disable the SHARC cores. See icc.h for macro values. The device, /dev/corectrl, supports the following ioctl requests:

Request Description Format
CMD_CORE_START Start the specified core running from the programmed SVECT address. int ioctl(<FD>,CMD_CORE_START, <COREID>);
CMD_CORE_STOP Stop the specified core by putting it back in reset. int ioctl(<FD>, CMD_CORE_STOP, <COREID>);

Both requests return 0 on success and -1 on failure.

File descriptor of /dev/corectrl
The number of the core to start or stop. Values accepted are CCTRL_CORE1 and CCTRL_CORE2.

Usage Example

An example to enable both cores is as follows:

#include <icc.h>
int fd = open("/dev/corectrl", O_RDWR);
if (fd < 0) {
  perror("Unable to open /dev/corectrl");
if (ioctl(fd, CMD_CORE_START, CCTRL_CORE1)) {
  perror("Unable to start Core 1");
if (ioctl(fd, CMD_CORE_START, CCTRL_CORE2)) {
  perror("Unable to start Core 2");

Package Configuration

The SHARC cores can be controlled from the Linux command line using the corecontrol utility. To use corecontrol, first add the package in local.conf:

$ vim /build/conf/local.conf
IMAGE_INSTALL_append = " sc5xx-corecontrol"

With the corecontrol utility, sharc cores can be controlled to start or stop.

Usage Example

# corecontrol -h
Valid options
--start CORE_NUM
--stop CORE_NUM
# corecontrol --start 1
# corecontrol --stop 1

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