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Asim on 12 Jan 2024
Edited: Hassaan on 12 Jan 2024
I developed a target for the TI AWR1642 and, to evaluate code generation, I implemented a basic gain block. The generated code files looked fine. However, when I attempted to flash the .out binary file onto the device, the process was unsuccessful. Please find the error log attached for further analysis.

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Hassaan on 12 Jan 2024
Edited: Hassaan on 12 Jan 2024
The text in your image indicates that you're attempting to flash a binary file to an ARM Cortex R4 target, but the process is failing because the binary file is not recognized as valid for the specified device (AWR1642). The error message "Header of file indicates it is not a valid file to flash" suggests that the binary file doesn't match the expected format or structure required by the flash programming tool (UniFlash) for the device.
Here's a list of potential issues that could be causing the error:
  1. Incorrect Binary Format: The binary file may not be formatted correctly for the target device. Ensure that the binary file was generated correctly for the AWR1642 device.
  2. Corrupted File: The binary file might be corrupted. Try regenerating the binary from your source code and ensure there were no errors during the build process.
  3. Incorrect Flash Tool or Configuration: Make sure you're using the correct version of the flash programming tool for your target device. Also, check that the configuration file (specified with --config) is correct and matches the requirements of the AWR1642.
  4. Mismatched Headers: The binary may be expected to have a specific header that matches the target device. This could be a part of the binary file that contains meta-information like size, version, etc., required by the bootloader or flash tool.
  5. Device-Specific Requirements: Some devices have unique requirements for the binaries that can be flashed. This might include checksums, signatures, or specific alignments. Consult the AWR1642 documentation for any such requirements.
  6. Tool Configuration: Verify that the UniFlash tool is correctly set up for the AWR1642. This includes the right device profile, memory map, and other settings that might be specific to the device.
To troubleshoot the issue, consider the following steps:
  • Recheck the build settings in your development environment to ensure the binary is being compiled for the correct target (AWR1642).
  • Ensure that the toolchain used for compiling is compatible with the AWR1642.
  • Look into the documentation for the AWR1642 to understand the expected binary structure and verify if your binary conforms to this.
  • If there is a bootloader involved, ensure that the binary is compatible with the bootloader's expectations.
  • Check for any additional steps that might be needed before flashing, such as converting the binary file into a different format.
  • If possible, use a known good binary file that has worked in the past to confirm that the issue is with the binary file and not with the flashing tool or hardware connection.
If the problem persists, you may need to contact the support for the flash tool or the manufacturer of the AWR1642 for more specific assistance.
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