DQ5: Exceeded Timing Limits
DQ5 indicates whether the program or erase time has
exceeded a specified internal pulse count limit. Under
these conditions DQ5 produces a “1.” This is a failure
condition that indicates the program or erase cycle was
not successfully completed.
The DQ5 failure condition may appear if the system
tries to program a “1” to a location that is previously
programmed to “0.” Only an erase operation can
change a “0” back to a “1.” Under this condition, the
device halts the operation, and when the operation has
exceeded the timing limits, DQ5 produces a “1.”
Under both these conditions, the system must issue
the reset command to return the device to reading
DQ3: Sector Erase Timer
After writing a sector erase command sequence, the
system may read DQ3 to determine whether or not an
erase operation has begun. (The sector erase timer
does not apply to the chip erase command.) If addi-
tional sectors are selected for erasure, the entire time-
out also applies after each additional sector erase com-
mand. When the time-out is complete, DQ3 switches
from “0” to “1.” If the time between additional sector
erase commands from the system can be assumed to
be less than 50 µs, the system need not monitor DQ3.
See also the “Sector Erase Command Sequence” sec-
After the sector erase command sequence is written,
the system should read the status on DQ7 (Data# Poll-
ing) or DQ6 (Toggle Bit I) to ensure the device has ac-
cepted the command sequence, and then read DQ3. If
DQ3 is “1”, the internally controlled erase cycle has be-
gun; all further commands (other than Erase Suspend)
are ignored until the erase operation is complete. If
DQ3 is “0”, the device will accept additional sector
erase commands. To ensure the command has been
accepted, the system software should check the status
of DQ3 prior to and following each subsequent sector
erase command. If DQ3 is high on the second status
check, the last command might not have been ac-
cepted. Table 10 shows the outputs for DQ3.
Table 10. Write Operation Status
Standard Embedded Program Algorithm
Embedded Erase Algorithm
Reading within Erase
Reading within Non-Erase
1. DQ5 switches to ‘1’ when an Embedded Program or Embedded Erase operation has exceeded the maximum timing limits.
See “DQ5: Exceeded Timing Limits” for more information.
2. DQ7 and DQ2 require a valid address when reading status information. Refer to the appropriate subsection for further details.