AWR2243BOOST: flashed without connecting the board to the mmWave studio

Part Number: AWR2243BOOST
Other Parts Discussed in Thread: UNIFLASH, AWR1243BOOST, AWR1843, AWR2243

Hi,

We have a customer with below concern:

I am aware of the serial flash in the AWR2243BOOST, however, all what I need to know if it is possible to load the firmware on the serial flash without using the mmWave studio and the DCA1000? or at least just without using the mmWave studio??


So, my question is simple, I just wanna know if the AWR2243BOOST can be flashed without connecting the board to the mmWave studio?
I tried using the UNIFLASH tool following the steps mentioned in the SDK guide. However, using the UNIFLASH tool I succeeded in erasing the serial flash when trying to flash the RSS and MSS image it fails, and the board is mentioned as unrecognized hardware.


The SDK guide never mentions any information about the AWR2243BOOST or at least the AWR1243BOOST, nor, based on what I've seen, have a sample code for such boards. The SDK guide is mainly focused on programmable boards like AWR1843. If I'm missing something, please show me where to find such a demo in the SDK.

Regards,
Roland

  • Hello Roland,

    Yes, you can flash the binary to the AWR2243 device without using mmWave Studio.

    AWR2243 supports a feature where firmware can be flashed to sFlash via SPI interface. In another option, Uniflash tool can be used to flash the firmware but over UART interface.

    - If using Uniflash, you don't have to separately load the RSS and the MSS binary images. There is a single metaimage that is required --  xwr22xx_metaImage.bin.

    Please use the correct firmware based on your device silicon version.

    [AWR2243 ES1.0 -- DFP 02_02_00_03]

    [AWR2243 ES1.1 -- DFP 02_02_02_01].

    - If using the SPI Interface: 

    In DFP we provide an example to showcase how to load firmware to sflash by sending firmware data over SPI.

    Please refer to the example at the following location : ..\mmwave_dfp_<version>\ti\example\mmWaveLink_SFlash_FW_Example

    The mmWave DFP user guide also talks about that. Refer to section 8.4

    The SDK guide never mentions any information about the AWR2243BOOST or at least the AWR1243BOOST, nor, based on what I've seen, have a sample code for such boards. The SDK guide is mainly focused on programmable boards like AWR1843. If I'm missing something, please show me where to find such a demo in the SDK.

    For your above concern, please refer to the below thread previously answered by our expert : 

    https://e2e.ti.com/support/sensors/f/sensors-forum/907932/awr2243boost-binary-files 

    Please let us know if you need any further clarifications.

    Regards,

    Ishita