Having spent ~ 8 years or so using JTAG for communication and debugging with both the TMS6711 and StarCore DSP's, I am well aware of the functionality offered by the JTAG connection to a processor.
For this application I have in mind, I doubt I'd need JTAG for debugging, and would like to know if there is any other way to bootstrap Linux onto the EV-21569-SOM w/o the use of the JTAG port and one of the ICE's (ICE-1000 or -2000).
Is there no basic serial port communications / code download / flash writing code pre-written to a flash ram on the EV-21569-SOM, with the capability to boot to that "monitor" code and bootstrap the loading of other code (like Linux)?
If there is not such a capability, I'd offer the suggestion to possibly include it in a later version, allowing a lower cost evaluation hardware configuration, especially if the advanced debugging capabilities offered by JTAG are not likely to be necessary.
In summary, will I need to buy an ICE-1000 along with the EV-21569-SOM in order to get Linux running on this board?
Thanks in advance!
Marty Glassman, BSEE, MSEE
Independent machine learning algorithm developer