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Universal Flash Storage
1. Overview
2. UFS Architecture Overview
2.1 Application Layer
2.2 UFS Transport Protocol(UTP) layer
2.3 UFS Interconnect(UIC) Layer
3. UFSHCD Overview
3.1 UFS controller initialization
3.2 UTP Transfer requests
3.3 UFS error handling
3.4 SCSI Error handling
1. Overview
Universal Flash Storage(UFS) is a storage specification for flash devices.
It is aimed to provide a universal storage interface for both
embedded and removable flash memory based storage in mobile
devices such as smart phones and tablet computers. The specification
is defined by JEDEC Solid State Technology Association. UFS is based
on MIPI M-PHY physical layer standard. UFS uses MIPI M-PHY as the
physical layer and MIPI Unipro as the link layer.
The main goals of UFS is to provide,
* Optimized performance:
For UFS version 1.0 and 1.1 the target performance is as follows,
Support for Gear1 is mandatory (rate A: 1248Mbps, rate B: 1457.6Mbps)
Support for Gear2 is optional (rate A: 2496Mbps, rate B: 2915.2Mbps)
Future version of the standard,
Gear3 (rate A: 4992Mbps, rate B: 5830.4Mbps)
* Low power consumption
* High random IOPs and low latency
2. UFS Architecture Overview
UFS has a layered communication architecture which is based on SCSI
SAM-5 architectural model.
UFS communication architecture consists of following layers,
2.1 Application Layer
The Application layer is composed of UFS command set layer(UCS),
Task Manager and Device manager. The UFS interface is designed to be
protocol agnostic, however SCSI has been selected as a baseline
protocol for versions 1.0 and 1.1 of UFS protocol layer.
UFS supports subset of SCSI commands defined by SPC-4 and SBC-3.
* UCS: It handles SCSI commands supported by UFS specification.
* Task manager: It handles task management functions defined by the
UFS which are meant for command queue control.
* Device manager: It handles device level operations and device
configuration operations. Device level operations mainly involve
device power management operations and commands to Interconnect
layers. Device level configurations involve handling of query
requests which are used to modify and retrieve configuration
information of the device.
2.2 UFS Transport Protocol(UTP) layer
UTP layer provides services for
the higher layers through Service Access Points. UTP defines 3
service access points for higher layers.
* UDM_SAP: Device manager service access point is exposed to device
manager for device level operations. These device level operations
are done through query requests.
* UTP_CMD_SAP: Command service access point is exposed to UFS command
set layer(UCS) to transport commands.
* UTP_TM_SAP: Task management service access point is exposed to task
manager to transport task management functions.
UTP transports messages through UFS protocol information unit(UPIU).
2.3 UFS Interconnect(UIC) Layer
UIC is the lowest layer of UFS layered architecture. It handles
connection between UFS host and UFS device. UIC consists of
MIPI UniPro and MIPI M-PHY. UIC provides 2 service access points
to upper layer,
* UIC_SAP: To transport UPIU between UFS host and UFS device.
* UIO_SAP: To issue commands to Unipro layers.
3. UFSHCD Overview
The UFS host controller driver is based on Linux SCSI Framework.
UFSHCD is a low level device driver which acts as an interface between
SCSI Midlayer and PCIe based UFS host controllers.
The current UFSHCD implementation supports following functionality,
3.1 UFS controller initialization
The initialization module brings UFS host controller to active state
and prepares the controller to transfer commands/response between
UFSHCD and UFS device.
3.2 UTP Transfer requests
Transfer request handling module of UFSHCD receives SCSI commands
from SCSI Midlayer, forms UPIUs and issues the UPIUs to UFS Host
controller. Also, the module decodes, responses received from UFS
host controller in the form of UPIUs and intimates the SCSI Midlayer
of the status of the command.
3.3 UFS error handling
Error handling module handles Host controller fatal errors,
Device fatal errors and UIC interconnect layer related errors.
3.4 SCSI Error handling
This is done through UFSHCD SCSI error handling routines registered
with SCSI Midlayer. Examples of some of the error handling commands
issues by SCSI Midlayer are Abort task, Lun reset and host reset.
UFSHCD Routines to perform these tasks are registered with
SCSI Midlayer through .eh_abort_handler, .eh_device_reset_handler and
In this version of UFSHCD Query requests and power management
functionality are not implemented.
4. BSG Support
This transport driver supports exchanging UFS protocol information units
(UPIUs) with a UFS device. Typically, user space will allocate
struct ufs_bsg_request and struct ufs_bsg_reply (see ufs_bsg.h) as
request_upiu and reply_upiu respectively. Filling those UPIUs should
be done in accordance with JEDEC spec UFS2.1 paragraph 10.7.
*Caveat emptor*: The driver makes no further input validations and sends the
UPIU to the device as it is. Open the bsg device in /dev/ufs-bsg and
send SG_IO with the applicable sg_io_v4:
io_hdr_v4.guard = 'Q';
io_hdr_v4.protocol = BSG_PROTOCOL_SCSI;
io_hdr_v4.subprotocol = BSG_SUB_PROTOCOL_SCSI_TRANSPORT;
io_hdr_v4.response = (__u64)reply_upiu;
io_hdr_v4.max_response_len = reply_len;
io_hdr_v4.request_len = request_len;
io_hdr_v4.request = (__u64)request_upiu;
if (dir == SG_DXFER_TO_DEV) {
io_hdr_v4.dout_xfer_len = (uint32_t)byte_cnt;
io_hdr_v4.dout_xferp = (uintptr_t)(__u64)buff;
} else {
io_hdr_v4.din_xfer_len = (uint32_t)byte_cnt;
io_hdr_v4.din_xferp = (uintptr_t)(__u64)buff;
If you wish to read or write a descriptor, use the appropriate xferp of
The userspace tool that interacts with the ufs-bsg endpoint and uses its
upiu-based protocol is available at:
For more detailed information about the tool and its supported
features, please see the tool's README.
UFS Specifications can be found at,