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    1: [[!template id=port
    2: port="evbarm"
    3: port_alt="arm"
    4: port_var1="earm"
    5: port_var2="earmeb"
    6: port_var3="earmv6hf"
    7: port_var4="earmv7hf"
    8: port_var5="earmv7hfeb"
    9: port_var6="aarch64"
   10: port_var_install_notes="evbarm-earm"
   11: cur_rel="9.0"
   12: future_rel="10.0"
   13: changes_cur="9.0"
   14: changes_future="10.0"
   15: thumbnail="//"
   16: about="""
   17: NetBSD/evbarm is the port of NetBSD to various evaluation and prototyping
   18: boards based on CPUs implementing the ARM architecture. NetBSD/evbarm also
   19: supports some specific embedded system products based on prototype board
   20: designs.
   22: ### CPU types
   24: The evbarm port can be built with a variety of CPU options, corresponding to the
   25: [large array of ARM CPU architectures](
   26: There are
   27: four main variables: the word size, the instruction set, the
   28: endianness, and whether there is hardware floating point.  By default
   29: the CPU type is "earm", and this implies aarch32 (32-bit), earmv5 cpu
   30: architecture, little endian (el when explicitly stated), and soft
   31: (Emulated) floating point.  Another example, suitable for Raspberry PI
   32: 2, is earmv7hf, which is aarch32, the v7 instruction set, little
   33: endian, and hardware floating point.
   35: Typically, various boards are best compiled with a CPU type that
   36: matches the board's CPU and floating point support, but generally a
   37: lower CPU instruction set version is workable on a newer board.  See
   38: and look for aliases for the evbarm port.
   40: Through NetBSD 8, the evbarm port has supported exclusively the
   41: aarch32 (32-bit CPU) sub-family of the ARM architecture.  Some
   42: processors, such as many supporting the armv8 CPU architecture, also
   43: support a 64-bit instruction set, referred to as aarch64.  This is
   44: sometimes referred to as a distinct port, [[NetBSD/aarch64|aarch64]],
   45: with code in src/sys/arch/aarch64, but it is built as the evbarm port
   46: with aarch64 cpu type, and available as the alias evbarm64.
   48: Note that MACHINE_ARCH=aarch64 currently refers to the A64 instruction
   49: set and the aarch64 architecture, built for the armv8 architecture.
   50: (Note also that armv8 is the first architecture to support aarch64, so
   51: this will not be an issue until at least armv9.)
   53: ### builds
   55: NetBSD developer Jared McNeill provides [builds of NetBSD 9 and -current for a vast variety of hardware.](   In addition to the standard build, these images have board-specific U-Boot contents.  See also /usr/pkgsrc/sysutils/u-boot*.
   57: ### Board specific information (often including installation information)
   59:  - [[Allwinner sunxi family SoCs|Allwinner]]
   60:  - [[BeagleBone, BeagleBone Black, and PocketBeagle|BeagleBone]]
   61:  - [[NVIDIA Tegra|Tegra]]
   62:  - [[ODROID C1 and C1+|ODROID-C1]]
   63:  - [[Raspberry Pi 1, 2 and 3|Raspberry Pi]]
   64:  - [[RockChip SoCs|RockChip]]
   65:  - [[Terasic DE0 Nano-SoC|Cyclone5]]
   67: **NOTE**: This list is incomplete. For a full list of supported boards, please see the list of [32-bit]( and [64-bit]( device trees.
   69: ### QEMU
   71: See the [[NetBSD/evbarm under QEMU|qemu_arm]] page for instructions on how to get started with QEMU.
   73: ### anita
   75: anita can be used to test builds.  (In addition to anita, install qemu and dtb-arm-vexpress from pkgsrc.)   The release subdirectory should follow the naming convention on the autobuild cluster, used below.
   77:  - evbarm-earmv7hf uses "qemu-system-arm -M vexpress-a15"
   78:  - evbarm-aarch64 uses "qemu-system-aarch64 -M virt"
   79:  - Information on how to test emulated versions of other specific hardware is welcome.
   81: [[!tag tier1port]]

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