OVP Peripheral Model: ArmSmartLoaderArm64Linux

Model Specific Information

This page provides introductory usage information for an Imperas OVP peripheral behavioral model. The page is split into sections providing specific information for this peripheral, including any ports for connecting into a platform, registers, other component parts, and configuration options and general information for peripheral modeling with Imperas OVP.


See ARM Linux boot requirements in Linux source tree at documentation/arm64/booting.txt


Only supports little endian


Open Source Apache 2.0


Psuedo-peripheral to perform memory initialisation for an Arm64 Linux kernel boot: Loads Linux kernel image file, device tree blob and (optional) initial ram disk image into memory. Writes tiny boot code at physical memory base to configure regs and then jump to the Kernel entry. Modifies the device tree to always use the spin-table enable-method.


The SmartLoaderArm64Linux peripheral model is located in an Imperas/OVP installation at the VLNV: / peripheral / SmartLoaderArm64Linux / 1.0.

Peripheral Instance Parameters

This model accepts the following parameters:

Table : Peripheral Parameters

physicalbaseuns64The physical address of the base of memory. (default: 0)
initrdstringName of the initial ram disk file to load. (optional)
appendstringAppend to the command line passed to kernel. (optional)
commandstringSet command line passed to kernel. (optional)
dtbstringName of the device tree blob file. (required)
kerneladdruns64Address to load the Linux kernel image file (default: physicalbase+0x00080000)
kernelstringName of the the Linux kernel image file (default: Image)
disableboolSet to True to disable the smart loader

Bus Master Ports

This model has the following bus master ports:

Bus Master Port: mport

Table 1: mport

NameAddress Width (bits)Description
mport32Master port - connect to same bus connected to Linux processor's data port

Platforms that use this peripheral component

Peripheral components can be used in many different platforms, including those developed by Imperas or by other users of OVP. You can use this peripheral in your own platforms.

Table 2: Publicly available platforms using peripheral 'SmartLoaderArm64Linux'

Platform NameVendor

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