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BF527 EZ-Kit Getting Started


This provides specific information to assist you with development of programs for the ADSP-BF527 EZ-KIT Lite evaluation system. These are tailored excerpts from the BF527 EZ-Kit manual v1.2 (2008) BF527 EZ-Kit manual - v1.6 (2010)

Package Contents

Your ADSP-BF527 EZ-KIT Lite evaluation system package contains the following items.

  • ADSP-BF527 EZ-KIT Lite board
  • Universal 7.0V DC power supply
  • 7-foot Ethernet patch cable
  • Three 6-foot 3.5 mm male-to-male audio cables
  • 3.5 mm headphones
  • 5-in-1cable and connectors for USB on-the-go (OTG) applications
  • Ethernet loopback connector

It also may include things not needed for Linux development including:

  • 10-foot USB A-B male cable for USB debug agent
  • VisualDSP++ Installation Quick Reference Card
  • CD containing, VisualDSP++ software, ADSP-BF527 EZ-KIT Lite debug software, USB driver files, Example programs, ADSP-BF527 EZ-KIT Lite Evaluation System Manual

Default Configuration

The EZ-KIT Lite evaluation system contains ESD (electrostatic discharge) sensitive devices. Electrostatic charges readily accumulate on the human body and equipment and can discharge without detection. Permanent damage may occur on devices subjected to high-energy discharges. Proper ESD precautions are recommended to avoid performance degradation or loss of functionality. Store unused EZ-KIT Lite boards in the protective shipping package.

When removing the EZ-KIT Lite board from the package, handle the board carefully to avoid the discharge of static electricity, which can damage some components. Figure below shows the default jumper settings, switches, connector locations, and LEDs used in installation. Confirm that your board is in the default configuration before using the board.

U-Boot Installation and Session Startup

The default EZ-Kit setup has test LDRs in the parallel NOR flash and the SPI flash. You have two choices to get U-Boot setup initially:

  • Boot over the UART and write U-Boot to one of the flashes
  • Write U-Boot to one of the flashes using JTAG (VDSP)

Both methods are documented in loading.

Switch Settings

SW1 - ETH Enable Switch

The default SW1 settings will have the ethernet disconnected.

SW1 Positions Mode
Off, Off, On, Off Ethernet is disabled
On, On, Off, On Ethernet is enabled

If you get errors in U-Boot, like:

bfin> dhcp
BOOTP broadcast 1
Ethernet: tx error
This normally means this switch is set incorrectly.

SW2 - Boot Mode

The relevant BMODE settings are the same as the BF52x family. For the full list, see the BF52x datasheet.

SW2 Position Boot Mode
0 Idle - no booting
1 Boot LDR from parallel flash
3 Boot LDR from SPI flash
7 Boot LDR over UART0
8 Boot LDR over UART1

Keep in mind that UART1 is the populated connector on the BF527-EZkit and UART0 is just the pin header. Also keep in mind the dot on the switch bar is not the the direction indicator, the gap far away from the dot is. for example if switch the dot to position between 2 and 3, you are actually switching to position 8 for UART1 boot.

The following switch settings are for built-in audio codec SSM2602 in BF52xC.Please refer to ssm2602 for driver configuration.

SW4 - Mic Gain

If MIC is selected as capture input,then the gain can be adjusted through SW4.

SW4 Positions Gain
On, Off, Off, NC 14dB
Off, On, Off, NC 0dB
Off, Off, On, NC -6dB

SW8 - Audio Codec Mode select

The codec must be configured to TWI/SPI mode as well.

SW8 Positions Mode
x, x, Off, On TWI
x, x, On, Off SPI

“x” means it has nothing to do with the mode selection,but they should be configured to “Off” in real use.

SW9 - ETH Mode Flash CS Switch

The Ethernet mode flash CS switch (SW9) sets the bootstrapping options for the LAN8700 RMII PHY chip (U14).

SW9[0:2] MODE[2:0] Setting Mode Definitions
OFF OFF OFF 111 All capable, auto negotiation (default)
OFF OFF ON 110 Power down mode
OFF ON OFF 101 Repeater mode, auto negotiation
OFF ON ON 100 100Base-TX half duplex advertised, auto negotiation
ON OFF OFF 011 100Base-TX full duplex
ON OFF ON 010 100Base-TX half duplex
ON ON OFF 001 10Base-T full duplex
ON ON ON 000 10Base-T half duplex

SW9.4 disconnects SPISEL1 from the SPI flash chip (U8). Setting SW9 position 4 OFF is useful when using SPISEL1 on the expansion interface at connector J2 pin 11. SW9 default setting is position 4 ON.

SW10 - UART1 Enable Switch

If you are having troubles with the UART, check out if you are using the correct serial cable

SW10 Positions Mode
Off, On, Off, Off UART is disabled no flow control
Off, On, Off, On UART is enabled no flow control (default)
On, On, On, Off UART is enabled with flow control
On, On, On, On UART is enabled with flow control loopback
JP5 Positions Mode
Open Default
Set UART TXD/RXD Loopback
JP1 Positions Mode
Open Default
Set Flow Control

SW11 - Rotary Encoder and Nand Chip Enable Switch

SW11 Positions Mode
On, On, On, x Rotary Ecoder is connected
x, x, x, On Nand Chip is enabled

SW13 - GPIO Enable Switch

For USB Host Support make sure SW13 is configured following

SW13 Positions Mode
SW13-2 OFF Disable Push Button 2
SW13-6 ON Connect GPIO with USB_VRSEL

SW17,SW20 - SPORT0A Enable

SW17,SW20 must all be configured to “ON” to enable the SPORT0A for audio RX/TX.To enable on-board SPORT0 socket,these two switchs must all be configured to “OFF”.

SW19 - TWI/SPI select

The codec's registers can be configured through TWI or SPI,currently TWI is used by the audio codec by default.

^ SW19 Positions ^ Mode ^

Off, On, Off, On TWI is enabled
On, Off, On, Off SPI is enabled

Memory Map

The ADSP-BF527 EZ-KIT Lite board includes four types of external memory:

  • synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM)
  • serial peripheral interconnect (SPI)
  • parallel flash
  • NAND flash

SDRAM Interface

The ADSP-BF527 processor connects to a 64 MB Micron MT48LC32M16A2TG-75 chip through the external bus interface unit (EBIU). The SDRAM chip can operate at a maximum clock frequency of 133 MHz.

There is a trade-off between selecting the maximum core clock (CCLK) of the processor and the maximum system clock. Consequently, the respective control registers must be initialized appropriately to get either maximum CCLK or maximum SCLK.

Parallel Flash Memory Interface

The parallel flash memory interface of the ADSP-BF527 EZ-KIT Lite contains a 4 MB (2M x 16 bits) ST Micro M29W320EB chip. Flash memory connects to the 16-bit data bus and address lines 1 through 19. Chip enable is decoded by using AMS0–3 select lines through NAND and AND gates. The address range for flash memory is 0x20000000 to 0x203FFFFF.

Flash memory is pre-loaded with boot code for the blink, LCD images, and power-on-self test (POST) programs.

By default, the EZ-KIT Lite boots from the 16-bit parallel flash memory. The processor boots from flash memory if the boot mode select switch (SW2) is set to a position of 1.

NAND Flash Interface

The ADSP-BF527 processor is equipped with an internal NAND flash controller, which allows the 4 Gbit ST Micro’s NAND04 device to be attached gluelessly to the processor. NAND flash is attached via the processor’s specific NAND flash control and data lines. NAND flash shares pins with the Ethernet PHY, host connector, and expansion interface.

The NAND chip enable signal (NDCE#_HOSTD10) can be disconnected from NAND flash by turning OFF SW11.4 (switch 11 position 4). This ensures that the NAND will not be driving data when HOSTD10 changes state. See “Rotary NAND Enable Switch (SW11)” on page 2-16 for more information.

The Ethernet PHY (U14) must be disabled in order for NAND flash to function properly. This is accomplished by setting SW1 to OFF, OFF, ON, OFF.

For more information about the NAND04 device, refer to the ST Microelectronics Web site at:

SPI Interface

The ADSP-BF527 processor has one serial peripheral interface (SPI) port with multiple chip select lines. The SPI port connects directly to serial flash memory, MAX1233 touchscreen and keypad controller, audio codec, and expansion interface.

Serial flash memory is a 16 Mb ST Micro M25P16 device, which is selected using the SPISEL1 line of the processor. SPI flash memory is pre-loaded with boot code for the blink and POST programs. By default, the EZ-KIT Lite boots from the 16-bit flash parallel memory. SPI flash can be selected as the boot source by setting the boot mode select switch (SW2) to position 3.


Touchscreen / Keypad

There are no Linux drivers for the MAXIM part that drives the touchscreen and the keypad on earlier versions of the EZkit. There are no plans to write such drivers at this time. Users have developed a driver for the 2008R1+ release. You can find it by searching the uClinux-dist forums.

There are Linux drivers for the AD7879 touchscreen controller which is found on current versions of the development board.


There is a Linux driver for the USB interface and should generally work OK. Any feedback on it is appreciated via our forums.

Add-On-Card Incompatibility Issues



Pull-Down on SPISCK prevent SPI SD/MMC card to work properly.

Remove Pull-Up R25 located bottom side of the EZKIT close to connector J3. This may cause problems with the onboard SPI Flash.

AD1981 Audio Codec Card


Pull-Up on DR1PRI prevents AD1981 audio card to work properly.

Remove Pull-Up R176 located bottom side of the EZKIT close to connector J3. This may cause LED1 to flicker when not actively driven.