Nathan Kro

i.MX 8M Nano DDR Tool

Discussion created by Nathan Kro on Jul 27, 2020
Latest reply on Aug 6, 2020 by Nathan Kro

I am working with a custom designed board that utilizes either the i.MX 8M Mini or i.MX 8M Nano processor with LPDDR4 (x32 or x16 per processor support).  Our last build of boards included I-Temp rated processor and RAM chip.  When testing the i.MX 8M Mini Quad option, the DDR Tool stress test from NXP operated fine from -40C to +85C as expected (once I set the "LPDDR4 MR4 manual de-rate workaround - Temperature Derating Options for errata e50125" to Option 1 in the MX8M_Mini_LPDDR4_RPA_v15.xlsx spreadsheet).


However, when I tried to test the i.MX 8M Nano I was seeing consistent memory failures when getting near 0C and below.  I noticed that the preliminary_MX8M_Nano_LPDDR4_RPA_v1.xlsx spreadsheet did not have the same option for temperature derating, but I went through the registers and changed them the same way they were changed for the Mini (taking into account the different RAM clock speed).  Changing these values did make the +85C testing pass, but it had no effect when testing at 0C and below.  I made the refresh rate 4x and added all the derating values from the RAM datasheet into the timing, but it still had no effect on the negative temperature testing.  I had 3 boards that would start to fail at +5C (ambient) or slightly below.  They all would fail (only at cold temperatures) during the first part of the RAM stress test when the test is run at the fastest speed; example output:


t0.1: data is addr test
...Address of failure: 0x0000000060000000
Data read was: 0x00FF03FF00FF03FF
But pattern was: 0x0000000040000000


The failures were always at this address and pattern, but the data read was not always the same.


I took the same RAM timings and fed them into our version of the NXP Linux BSP (modified only to support our board) and ran the boards through a script that would copy a 1GB file from a USB drive to the onboard eMMC, copy a 31MB file from USB to both the onboard uSD card and the onboard QSPI; it would then do an MD5SUM of all the copied files to verify the copies were successful.  It continually loops on this, deleting the files in between cycles.  I was able to successfully run this through 10 temperature cycles from -40C to +85C with a 60 minute soak.  So I believe our Nano hardware is OK on the LPDDR4 interface (our Mini hardware passes this same testing).


Has there been other reports of the i.MX 8M Nano LPDDR4 DDR Tool stress testing failing over I-Temp?  Any ideas what might make that tool fail at 0C and below?