Cortex-M API: Getting Started


The Cortex-M API provides a set of functions and methods to help run and communicate with Cortex-M applications from the Cortex-A side.


Setting Up the BSP

  1. Build the latest Yocto Release, make sure to add the following lines at your local.conf file:

    IMAGE_INSTALL_append = " \
        python3-pip \
  1. Flash the built image into the SD Card, boot the board, then go to the next section.

Python API Package Installation

  1. To install the pyvar API Python package use the pip3 tool to retrieve via Pypi:

    root@imx8mp-var-dart:~# pip3 install pyvar
  2. To make sure that pyvar is installed, run the following command to check:

    root@imx8mp-var-dart:~# python3
    Python 3.9.5 (default, May  3 2021, 15:11:33)
    [GCC 10.2.0] on linux
    Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
    >>> from pyvar import cm

Quick Example

See this quick example to run a Cortex-M application using the Cortex-M API:

1  # Import the Cortex-M class from pyvar
2  from import CortexM
4  # Create the object
5  cortex = CortexM()
7  # List all the available applications
8  cortex.firmwares
10 # Run the firmware (It must exists in the listed firmwares)
13 # Destroy the object
14 cortex.destroy()