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iMX535 bootup problem with eMMC

Question asked by Donny Chiu on Sep 14, 2012
Latest reply on May 27, 2014 by Klaus Guertler

We are facing a problem during development stage,

every time when we have some engineering samples ready.

A few of them just can't boot up.


We are using the boot from fuse method for the bootup,

and we burn the fuse such that iMX53 is booting up from eMMC.

Most of our boards work OK, but there are around 3% of the boards that won't be able to bootup.

Or it will bootup one time after many reset.

We tried MFGTOOL, and we ran DDR stress test and able to get up to 470MHz with 4 x DDR3 configuration

or as high as 550MHz with 2 x DDR3 configuration

so we think eMMC and DDR3 doesn't have any problem.


When we tried and check the signals,

we are able to see the eMMC clock change from 3xxkHz to 40MHz.

Then it will stop.

And there is no activity on the DDR3 signals


After much testing and debugging, we found out if we increase the damping resistor of the eMMC to 36 or 47 or even up to 100ohm, and with a 10pF capacitor connected to ground.

Most of these boards is able to bootup again.

But adding such large damping resistor will cause the clock waveform to become like a sine wave, and we couldn't meet the eMMC rise time and fall time spec.


I found an errata ENGcm12290, which says there is a timing issue in SD SDR mode of eSDHC3 port.

We are using this port to connect eMMC too.

Although it says eMMC should not be effected,

but is there a problem with the setup time of eMMC for this port too?

Because if we increase the value of the damping resistor,

it basically make the clock rise time a little bit later,

which may overcome the setup time problem.


We are ready to do mass production very very soon.

Within weeks of time.

We need help immediately on this.

Anyway has similar problem and has any good fix?