Re: [PATCH 1/5] mtd: ofpart: grab device tree node directly from master device node

From: Boris Brezillon
Date: Thu Oct 29 2015 - 03:25:01 EST

Hi Robert,

On Thu, 29 Oct 2015 07:32:33 +0100
Robert Jarzmik <robert.jarzmik@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> Marek Vasut <marex@xxxxxxx> writes:
> >> Isn't there the case of a single NAND controller with 2 identical chips,
> >> each a 8 bit NAND chip, and the controller aggregating them to offer the
> >> OS a single 16-bit NAND chip ?

Honestly, I don't know how this can possibly work, do you have a real
example of that use case.

Here are a few reasons making it impossible:

1/ NAND are accessed using specific command sequences, and those
commands and addresses cycles are sent on through the data bus (AFAIR
only the lower 8bits of a 16bits bus are used for those
command/address cycles), so even if you connect the CLE/ALE/CS/RB pins
on both chips, the one connected on the MSB side of the data bus will
just receive garbage during the command/address sequences, and your
program/read operations won't work

2/ NAND chips can have bad blocks, so even if you were able to address
2 chips (which according to #1 is impossible), you might try to write
on a bad block on the chip connected on the MSB side of the data bus.

3/ There probably are plenty of other reasons why this is not
possible ;-).

Best Regards,


Boris Brezillon, Free Electrons
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering
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