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mtd: st_spi_fsm: Update Macronix 32-bit addressing support

Support for the Macronix 32-bit addressing scheme was originally developed using
the MX25L25635E device. As is often the case, it was found that the presence of
a "WAIT" instruction was required for the "EN4B/EX4B" FSM Sequence to complete.
(It is known that the SPI FSM Controller makes certain undocumented assumptions
regarding what constitutes a valid sequence.) However, further testing
suggested that a small delay was required after issuing the "EX4B" command;
without this delay, data corruptions were observed, consistent with the device
not being ready to retrieve data. Although the issue was not fully understood,
the workaround of adding a small delay was implemented, while awaiting
clarification from Macronix.

The same behaviour has now been found with a second Macronix device, the
MX25L25655E. However, with this device, it seems that the delay is also
required after the 'EN4B' commands. This discovery has prompted us to revisit
the issue.

Although still not conclusive, further tests have suggested that the issue is
down to the SPI FSM Controller, rather than the Macronix devices. Furthermore,
an alternative workaround has emerged which is to set the WAIT time to
0x00000001, rather then 0x00000000. (Note, the WAIT instruction is used purely
for the purpose of achieving "sequence validity", rather than actually
implementing a delay!)

The issue is now being investigated by the Design and Validation teams. In the
meantime, we implement the alternative workaround, which reduces the effective
delay from 1us to 1ns.

Signed-off-by: Angus Clark <>
Signed-off-by: Lee Jones <>
Signed-off-by: Brian Norris <>

Angus Clark Angus Clark 2014-03-26

Brian Norris Brian Norris 2014-04-14

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