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-Representing flash partitions in devicetree
+Flash partitions in device tree
-Partitions can be represented by sub-nodes of an mtd device. This can be used
+Flash devices can be partitioned into one or more functional ranges (e.g. "boot
+code", "nvram", "kernel").
+Different devices may be partitioned in a different ways. Some may use a fixed
+flash layout set at production time. Some may use on-flash table that describes
+the geometry and naming/purpose of each functional region. It is also possible
+to see these methods mixed.
+To assist system software in locating partitions, we provide a binding to
+describe which method is used for a given flash.
+Partitions can be represented by sub-nodes of a flash device. This can be used
on platforms which have strong conventions about which portions of a flash are
used for what purposes, but which don't use an on-flash partition table such
-The partition table should be a subnode of the mtd node and should be named
+The partition table should be a subnode of the flash node and should be named
'partitions'. This node should have the following property:
- compatible : (required) must be "fixed-partitions"
Partitions are then defined in subnodes of the partitions node.
-For backwards compatibility partitions as direct subnodes of the mtd device are
+For backwards compatibility partitions as direct subnodes of the flash device are
supported. This use is discouraged.
NOTE: also for backwards compatibility, direct subnodes that have a compatible
string are not considered partitions, as they may be used for other bindings.
#address-cells & #size-cells must both be present in the partitions subnode of the
-mtd device. There are two valid values for both:
+flash device. There are two valid values for both:
<1>: for partitions that require a single 32-bit cell to represent their
size/address (aka the value is below 4 GiB)
<2>: for partitions that require two 32-bit cells to represent their
size/address (aka the value is 4 GiB or greater).
-- reg : The partition's offset and size within the mtd bank.
+- reg : The partition's offset and size within the flash
- label : The label / name for this partition. If omitted, the label is taken