As a learning experience, I got a little microchip flash chip (25LC512) working with my BBB. I thought the steps I went through and performance observed could be useful to others, so I wrote a blog post about the details here with links to the git repo for code and performance traces from my Saleae logic analyzer (wonderful tool).
SPI through libsoc library can issue commands every ~100 usec (observed between 77 and 125 usec). Random 1 byte reads can complete every ~100 usec as well. 128 bytes can be transferred from the BBB to/from the 25LC512 in ~200 usec. A long block of sequential reads run at about 640 KB/s….
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