Jetson Nano Boot Flow

Applies to: Jetson Nano devices only
The primary function of the NVIDIA® Jetson Nano™ boot software is to initialize the SoC (System on a Chip), including:
Initializing MC/EMC/CPU
Setting up security parameters
Loading different firmware
Maintaining Chain of Trust
Setting memory carveouts for different firmware
Flashing the device
Booting to the operating system
Additionally, the Jetson Nano boot software also performs other operations defined by product requirements, including but not limited to:
Initialization of HDMI™/DSI
Displaying the boot logo
The flow of control in the boot software is as follows.
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The Jetson Nano BootROM (BR) is hard-wired in the SoC. It initializes the Boot Media and loads bootloaders and firmware from the Boot Media.
Multiple copies of the BootROM Boot Configuration Table (BCT) may be stored at the start of the Boot-Media. The BCT contains configuration parameters used by the BootROM for hardware initialization.
The BCT also contains information about the bootloader (BL), including:
Entry point
Load address
The BootROM uses this information to verify and load the bootloader. The boot flow is as follows:

Bootloader Components

The Jetson Nano bootloader and flash components are:
TegraBoot, aka NVTBoot or just TBoot
CPU-BL, aka nvtboot-cpu


Jetson Nano TegraBoot (NVTBoot) is the first boot software component loaded by BR in SysRAM, and runs on BPMP.
There are two variants of TegraBoot:
One used for cold boot
One for recovery boot/flashing
Both are generated using different configuration files and make files.
TegraBoot is responsible for:
Loading and initializing firmware (FW) components such as TOS
Creating carveouts
Completing CPU initialization
Loading the next stage bootloader
Supporting flashing
Supporting RCM boot
Reading PMIC reset reason
Loading the bootloader device tree and passing the device tree load address to CBoot
Stops execution when the CCPLEX is booted
The components of TegraBoot are as follows:
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TegraBoot CPU

Add rollback prevention.
Using bootloader DTB, perform EMC training and update kernel DTB with training results.
Pass control to CBoot.


Jetson Nano CBoot is the primary CPU bootloader used on mobile platforms in the cold boot path. CBoot is feature-rich bootloader that:
Boots U‑Boot
Supports display and boot logo/bmp splash
Based on the Little Kernel (LK) open source bootloader
Uses the interrupt and scheduling frameworks of LK
Uses CDF for frameworks, drivers, and libraries
As soon as the CPU starts running, CBoot starts in EL3 mode and begins executing TOS. TOS completes its initialization and passes control to CBoot in EL2 mode.
BL and kernel use separate device trees stored in separate partitions. CBoot is responsible for:
Parsing the CPU-BL parameters and initializing the bootloader device tree
Chaining to U-Boot to boot the kernel
Supporting the update mechanism
Unhalts the BPMP so that the BPMP-FW can start running
The components of CBoot are as follows:


U-Boot is the default OS bootloader for NVIDIA® Jetson™ Linux Driver Package.
For more information, see U-Boot Customization.