EFR32xG1x Bootloader

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Introduction

On EFR32xG1x series devices, a bootloader is executed after reset. The bootloader is stored in a separate section in the Information memory space of the device. The section is called Bootloader (BL) and located at memory address 0x0FE10000. The size depends on the device. Factory-fresh devices are pre-programmed with a simple bootloader which jumps to the start of the internal flash. However, customers are allowed to exchange the bootloader with a customized one which supports more complex tasks like SPI flash, crypto, etc... Therefore, the J-Link software supports erasing as well as programming of this section.

Problem

When issueing a chip erase, the bootloader section and therefore the bootloader will be erased as well. As a result, the device will no longer boot as no valid bootloader resides in the bootloader section.

Solution

Below, two different solutions are presented. Apart from this, the J-Link software may be adapted in the future to not erase the bootloader section by default.

  1. Do not perform a chip erase. Basically a separate is not necessary as the J-Link software always performs an implicit erase prior programming if required.
  2. Program the bootloader (see Files below) as part of the application or in a separate step after programming the application

Files