MPC875 Need help designing a GPIO based memory fix/test (boot, gnu-busybox linux)

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MPC875 Need help designing a GPIO based memory fix/test (boot, gnu-busybox linux)

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SpencerN
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Hi NXP Community,

We have a device where an older subset of our devices in production have an erroneous 0 ohm resistor (R9 on the diagram below) connecting A8 on the MPC875, and causing bank select 1 to be unable to be driven by A6, so we only get half the memory bank select addresses. 

The first course of action is to attempt to fix it by either:

* Turn Port A8 into a High-Z (High impedance) state, thus allowing A6 to drive the bank select pins thus fixing the problem in software.

* Have A6 and A8 drive the DRAM together

Or if that's not possible to fix, the second course of action is to test if this hardware bug exists, by either:

* Perform a GPIO test to determine if A8 and A6 are electrically connected

* Running a memory test on two mirrored locations on physical memory 

 

Linux version: 2.6.31.14  

boot version: 2009.03

Looking for any help, ideas, or advice we can get, since this is in End Of Life; We're just trying to see what's possible. Thanks!

@tomdoyle 

@dinodibernardo- 

r9_wiring_diagram.png

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Pavel
NXP TechSupport
NXP TechSupport

There is no possibility to turn A8 into High-Z state.

 

Usually JTAG test port is used for testing of pin connection. See the Chapter 54 in the MPC885 Reference Manual:

https://www.nxp.com/docs/en/reference-manual/MPC885RM.pdf

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