Running NuttX on Infineon XMC4500-Relax

This is a step-by-step tutorial explaining how to compile and install NuttX on Infineon XMC4500-Relax board.

These steps where tested on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Long Term Support).

Open the Linux terminal and install the dependence packages using this command:

$ sudo apt-get install automake bison build-essential flex gcc-arm-none-eabi gperf git libncurses5-dev libtool libusb-dev libusb-1.0.0-dev pkg-config

Create the nuttx workspace:

mkdir ~/nuttxspace

cd ~/nuttxspace

Clone and compile the OpenOCD (it is used to flash the firmware in the board).

$ git clone

$ cd ~/nuttxspace/openocd

$ ./bootstrap

$ ./configure --enable-internal-jimtcl --enable-maintainer-mode --disable-werror --disable-shared --enable-stlink --enable-jlink --enable-rlink --enable-vslink --enable-ti-icdi --enable-remote-bitbang

$ make

$ sudo make install

Copy the OpenOCD udev rules and update it:

$ cd contrib

$ sudo cp 60-openocd.rules /etc/udev/rules.d/

$ sudo udevadm trigger

Clone the NuttX repositories:

$ cd ~/nuttxspace

$ git clone

$ git clone

$ git clone

Configure, compile and install the Kconfig-Frontends (needed by NuttX’s menuconfig)

$ cd ~/nuttxspace

$ cd tools/kconfig-frontends/

$ ./configure

$ make

$ sudo make install

$ sudo ldconfig

Now we can compile NuttX for XMC4-Relax board!

Run the configure script:

$ cd ~/nuttxspace

$ cd nuttx

$ ./tools/ xmc4500-relax/nsh

Run menuconfig and change the build to Linux and UART3 as serial console:

$ make menuconfig

Build Setup  --->
    Build Host Platform (Linux)

System Type  --->
    XMC4xxx Peripheral Support  --->
        [ ] USIC0
        [*] USIC1  (press SPACE to select)
        [ ] USIC2

    XMC4xxx USIC Configuration  --->
        USIC1 Channel 0 Configuration (Not used)  --->
        USIC1 Channel 1 Configuration (UART3)  --->

Device Drivers  --->
    [*] Serial Driver Support  --->
        Serial console (UART3)  --->

Time to compile it:

$ make

If everything compiled correctly you get a nuttx.bin:

$ ls -l nuttx.bin
-rwxrwxr-x 1 alan alan 79804 Jan  8 12:25 nuttx.bin

Plug the USB cable on you computer and on XMC4500-Relax board and use OpenOCD to flash it:

$ sudo openocd -f board/xmc4500-relax.cfg -c init -c "reset halt" -c "flash write_image erase nuttx.bin 0x0c000000"

You should see these messages:

$ sudo openocd -f board/xmc4500-relax.cfg -c init -c "reset halt" -c "flash write_image erase nuttx.bin 0x0c000000"
Open On-Chip Debugger 0.10.0+dev-00172-g7719e96 (2017-11-12-09:13)
Licensed under GNU GPL v2
For bug reports, read
adapter speed: 4000 kHz
cortex_m reset_config sysresetreq
adapter speed: 1000 kHz
Info : No device selected, using first device.
Info : J-Link Lite-XMC4000 Rev.1 compiled Apr  2 2015 18:25:20
Info : Hardware version: 1.00
Info : VTarget = 3.300 V
Info : clock speed 1000 kHz
Info : SWD DPIDR 0x2ba01477
Info : xmc4500.cpu: hardware has 6 breakpoints, 4 watchpoints
target halted due to debug-request, current mode: Thread 
xPSR: 0x01000000 pc: 0x08000200 msp: 0x20001e84
auto erase enabled
Info : Clearing flash status
Info : Clearing flash status
wrote 81920 bytes from file nuttx.bin in 19.998228s (4.000 KiB/s)

Configure your Linux machine to let your user to have access to serial port:

$ sudo usermod -a -G dialout alan

You just replace ‘alan’ with your username.

You need a USB/Serial adapter that works to 3.3V, like FDTI dongle or Silabs CP2102.

Connect the USB/Serial RXD to XMC4500-Relax board P0.1 (Header pin X1 pin 34), connect TXD to P0.0 (Header pin X1 pin 36) and connect the GND to board GND (Header pin X1 pin 1, 2, 3 or 4).

Configure minicom to use your USB/Serial adapter (i.e. at /dev/ttyUSB0) to 115200 8n1:

$ sudo minicom -s

Serial port setup
    A -    Serial Device      : /dev/ttyUSB0
    E -    Bps/Par/Bits       : 115200 8N1
    F - Hardware Flow Control : No
    G - Software Flow Control : No

Save setup as dfl


Press the XMC4500 Reset button and you should see:

NuttShell (NSH)                                                                 

Type ‘help’ or ‘?’ to the the listing of enabled commands:

nsh> help
help usage:  help [-v] []

  [           dirname     help        mh          set         unset       
  ?           dd          hexdump     mount       sh          usleep      
  basename    df          kill        mv          sleep       xd          
  break       echo        ls          mw          test        
  cat         exec        mb          ps          time        
  cd          exit        mkdir       pwd         true        
  cp          false       mkfatfs     rm          uname       
  cmp         free        mkrd        rmdir       umount      

Builtin Apps:


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