SDRAM failures on MPC5200B

Frank Bennett bennett78 at
Sat Jul 21 03:03:40 EST 2007

lokowich wrote:
> We're working on bringing up a MPC5200B version of our original 
> MPC5200 board using U-Boot 1.1.4 configured for Icecube/Lite5200B.  
> Other than the CPU, the board is identical.  The bootloader crashes 
> just after relocation to RAM, often with a Program Check Exception, 
> typically a memory corruption issue.  I noticed failures at different 
> stages after relocation based on content, suggesting problems with 
> upper SDRAM.  If I force the initram to 1/2 the determined size (64MB 
> instead of 128MB), then everything works well through kernel load and 
> initialization.  We've added termination resistors to improve AD 
> signals, to no avail.  Memory tests work fine too.  Any help is 
> appreciated.
Review MPC5200B errata data sheets.  I found a BDI2000 + RS232 console 
port most useful for turning on a new design.  Even
the exercise of BDI commands to tftp load/verify, memory write/verify, 
debugging u-boot to run out of ram, with & w/o cache
turned on can be enlightening.

/*/Frank Bennett

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Fort Collins,CO 80526 <>_

> Thanks,
> Mark Lokowich
> Systems Engineer
> Advanced Communication Design
> 7901 12th Ave. So.
> Bloomington, MN 55425
> 952-854-4000
> lokowich at
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