We are using SPI flash(Macronix) to program the BIOS. And we use an external programmer to flash the BIOS (coreboot including FD+ME) into SPI Flash (16384 kB, SPI), it works fine and boots well. The board is functional and we have successfully booted a kernel on it.
Am working on adding a feature to upgrading the BIOS (complete IFD+ME+Coreboot) using intel-spi driver at the OS level. Able to successfully take the backup full 16MB spi nor flash data which includes IFD+ME+BIOS using flashrom Internal Programmer option and it is identified as Opaque flash chip and using dd command as well.
But we are seeing the erase fail through both flashrom and flash_erase utility. I believe it fails to erase at the flash descriptor location.
As far as Read/Write access to the SPI regions, I have enabled the Host CPU BIOS write access and ME Master Access as 0xFFFF through Intel FIT Tool but still not able to erase it and it fails.
Is there anything that could be preventing to enable read/write access to the Intel flash descriptor or any SOC SPI controller protection to access the Flash descriptor?
Any pointers would be appreciated.