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Atmel SAML21 ASF compiling and FLASH programming on Linux

This article illustrates how to install the GNU Toolchain for SAML21, install the ASF libraries, compile a default example and write on the SAML21 FLASH under Linux

Tested with Ubuntu Linux 16.04.02

Install the gnu-arm-none-eabi toolchain

sudo apt-get install gnu-arm-none-eabi

Install the Microchip ASF library

Download the Microchip Advanced Software Framework from the following link to your home directory:

and uncopress it:

unzip xdk-asf-3.39.0.zip

Compile a blinking led example

Wire a led to the Yadm SDK as shown below:

Move inside the led-toggle default example:

cd xdk-asf-3.39.0/sam0/applications/led_toggle

Edit the file led_toggle.c and change all the LED_0_PIN strings with string PIN_PA16:

Move inside the make directory:

cd saml21_xplained_pro_b/gcc

the type:


The result will be something like this:

MKDIR   common/utils/interrupt/
CC      common/utils/interrupt/interrupt_sam_nvic.o
MKDIR   sam0/applications/led_toggle/
CC      sam0/applications/led_toggle/led_toggle.o
MKDIR   sam0/boards/saml21_xplained_pro_b/
CC      sam0/boards/saml21_xplained_pro_b/board_init.o
MKDIR   sam0/drivers/port/
CC      sam0/drivers/port/port.o
MKDIR   sam0/drivers/system/clock/clock_saml21/
CC      sam0/drivers/system/clock/clock_saml21/clock.o
CC      sam0/drivers/system/clock/clock_saml21/gclk.o
MKDIR   sam0/drivers/system/interrupt/
CC      sam0/drivers/system/interrupt/system_interrupt.o
MKDIR   sam0/drivers/system/pinmux/
CC      sam0/drivers/system/pinmux/pinmux.o
CC      sam0/drivers/system/system.o
MKDIR   sam0/utils/cmsis/saml21/source/gcc/
CC      sam0/utils/cmsis/saml21/source/gcc/startup_saml21.o
CC      sam0/utils/cmsis/saml21/source/system_saml21.o
MKDIR   sam0/utils/syscalls/gcc/
CC      sam0/utils/syscalls/gcc/syscalls.o
LN      led_toggle_flash.elf
SIZE    led_toggle_flash.elf
led_toggle_flash.elf  :
section              size         addr
.text               0x85c          0x0
.relocate             0x4   0x20000000
.lpram                0x0   0x30000000
.bss                 0x3c   0x20000004
.stack             0x2000   0x20000040
.ARM.attributes      0x28          0x0
.comment             0x59          0x0
.debug_info        0xd501          0x0
.debug_abbrev      0x1a70          0x0
.debug_aranges      0x228          0x0
.debug_ranges       0x1b0          0x0
.debug_macro      0x1a4a0          0x0
.debug_line        0x5a6d          0x0
.debug_str        0x98505          0x0
.debug_frame        0x4d4          0x0
.debug_loc         0x17f0          0x0
Total             0xcbd3c

   text    data     bss     dec     hex filename
  0x85c     0x4  0x203c   10396    289c led_toggle_flash.elf
OBJDUMP led_toggle_flash.lss
NM      led_toggle_flash.sym
OBJCOPY led_toggle_flash.hex
OBJCOPY led_toggle_flash.bin

The file led_toggle_flash.bin is the binary file to save inside the Yarm CPU using the edbg programmer as described below.

Install the Microchip EDBG programmer

We will use the Atmel-ICE to transfer our code on the Yarm module.

Clone in your home directory the EDBG programmer git repository by typing:

git clone https://github.com/ataradov/edbg.git
cd edbg
sudo cp 90-atmel-edbg.rules /etc/udev/rules.d/
sudo udevadm control --reload

Install the libudev library

sudo apt-get install libudev-dev

launch make:


Using the Microchip EDBG programmer

Write the led_toggle example by typing:

cp ../xdk-asf-3.39.0/sam0/applications/led_toggle/saml21_xplained_pro_b/gcc/led_toggle_flash.bin .
./edbg -b -p -v -f led_toggle_flash.bin -t atmel_cm0p


Many thanks to Antonio Galea his contribute to this article

Sergio Tanzilli
Systems designer, webmaster of www.acmesystems.it and founder of Acme Systems srl

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