Use of the MLC extractor tool

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This section explains how to use the MLC extractor tool to get an image with interleaved MLC data from NAND FLASH. The MET runs on the target hardware, so the image to be extracted must be placed on the hardware first. There are detailed swrites in the CDL on how to do this, so this won't be covered here. The program assumes UART 5 (the LPC32x0 boot UART) is used as the UART interface.

The most common code extracted with this is the kickstart loader in block 0. This loaded is used to boot the LPC32x0 from NAND, setup the system, and then bootstrap the secondary loader in NAND blocks 1 and on.

This example is shown on the Phytex LPC3250 board, although ti will work similar on other boards.

Setup the serial loader tool to load the "mlcextractor.bin" file to the board via the serial port.


M<ake sure the ServiceN pin on the LPC3250 is pulled low to enable UART boot mode. Press the "Load bin's/Start primary" button on the serial loader dialog window. Reset the board and the serial loader tool will transfer the MLC extractor to the target board. After the image is loaded, you will see a messaeg displaying the number of blocks and pages per block in NAND. If a message appears that says the NAND device coudn't be found, then the image needs to be rebuilt with the NAND IDs that match the NAND device on the target board.


Close the serial load tool and open a terminal program that supports XMODEM transfer (ie, Teraterm). Press the space bar to get the MET menu. Pressing the keys defined by the menu allows you to change the starting block and number of blocks to extract the data for. Once they are selected, press 'd' and then 'y' to start the xmodem transfer.


Next, setup the terminal program for an XMODE_cChecksum receive session. Once started, the interleaved data and ECC codes will be read from the NAND device and transferred to the file via XMODEM. This resulting file can be used for NAND programming.