SDK Old 2011Q2 for DM8168 Z3 Board

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General Information

Release Information

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Revision History

Date Revision
10-2011 1
Initial Version
02-2013 2
Fix broken links


What's new?

  • CodeSourcery Toolchain 2009q1
  • Updated kernel version to 2.6.37
  • Updated EZSDK version to
  • Updated GStreamer OpenMax plugins
  • Support for HDMI video output
  • Support H.264@1080p video encode/decode
  • SD boot support
  • U-boot-2010.06 + env function support to read your environment from a simple *.txt file in a SD card.

Differences between the EVAL SDK and Professional SDK

The EVAL SDK 2011Q2 is based on the Professional SDK 2011Q2 but it has been added some limitations. The main differences between both SDK versions are listed below:

Table 2. Differences between EVAL SDK and Professional SDK release 2011Q2
Feature EVAL SDK Professional SDK
GStreamer plugins Yes Yes
EZSDK support Yes Yes
Can be used to develop commercial products No Yes
Can be used for personal or education proposes Yes Yes
RidgeRun's professional support No Yes

Supported Operating Systems

Linux Distribution Ubuntu 9.04, 9.10, 10.04 and 10.10 in 32 bits and 64 bits.

SDK Details

This is an Evaluation Linux SDK build for Texas Instruments DM8168 System on Chip and based on the Professional SDK 2011Q2.


This SDK is designed to run on the DM8168 Z3 RPS.


This SDK includes:

  • ARM toolchain: gcc 4.3.3.
  • U-Boot 2010.06
  • Linux kernel 2.6.37.
  • Integration with TI's EZ Software Development Kit for Davinci DM816x/DM814x processors- EZSDK
    • Please make sure to download and install the EZSDK before building the RidgeRun SDK.
    • Install the EZSDK by running ezsdk_dm816x-evm_5_02_02_60_setuplinux. Be sure to use the default installation values.

note: If you are going to install the EZSDK on an machine using a ubuntu version different than Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 32-bit you will need to add the --forcehost option to install it, i.e., ./ezsdk_dm816x-evm_5_02_02_60_setuplinux --forcehost

Known Limitations and Defects

RidgeRun offers the evaluation SDK for hobbyists willing to invest time getting they project to work. RidgeRun also offers the evaluation SDK for professional companies in product development who want to try out the SDK before purchase. RidgeRun will extend the professional SDK as required by our customers. Many of those changes will be ported to the evaluation SDK.

Expect the list below to change regularly as new limitations are reported and defect fixes are checked in.

  • In order to use the RidgeRun's installer system and more specific the NAND support it is necessary to use RidgeRun's u-boot instead of the default u-boot that comes with the board. Read the following article to know How to flash the RidgeRun's u-boot in a new board.
  • There is a known issue running the make installbootloader command when your Z3 module is initially running uboot from a SD card, in this case you will see an error saying that the SDK installer has failed to detect u-boot restarting. However, uboot is flashed properly. Please ignore this error, it will be fixed in the next release

Support Information

Evaluation SDK doesn't include support services. Make sure to read the links listed below (Related Links) in order to solve some of the main issues.

RidgeRun Professional SDK provides handful of debug and profile tools, professional Linux development support and a wider range of drivers. Contact RidgeRun at for information and pricing on Professional SDK for the platforms you need.

SDK Download Instructions

If you want to get the DM8168 Z3 EVAL SDK 2011Q2 you need to go to our download center page and select the DM8168 Z3 SDK 2011Q2. You will be asked for your email address and some information. Once you have submitted the required information you will receive an email with the following information:

  • A link to download the SDK 2011Q2 Installer file for GNU/Linux based operative systems.
  • A username and password to download the installer.
  • A link to the installation instructions.

In order to compile the SDK you need to install the toolchain. Further instructions available at RidgeRun 2011Q2 SDK User Guide.

Related links