SPI is a high-speed, full-duplex, synchronous serial communication interface for connection to a microcontroller, sensors, storage devices, etc.

There are one SPI(SPI1) on the Firefly-RK3399 development board, the following picture shows the position:_images/spi2.jpg

SPI working mode

SPI work in master-slave mode, This usually has a master device and one or more slave devices. They need at least four lines, which are:

CS		Chip select signals
SCLK		Clock signal
MOSI		Master data output, and Slave data input
MISO		Master data input, and Slave data output

Linux kernel using a combination of CPOL and CPHA to represent the SPI’s four working modes:


CPOL:Represents the initial level of the state of the clock signal,0 is low,1 is high.

CPHA:Represents the sampling clock edge, 0 is leading edge, 1 is trailing edge.

SPI waveforms of four working modes as follows: _images/spi1.jpg


In this paper, let’s take W25Q128FV Flash module for example to introduce the use of SPI.

Hardware connections

the connections between Firefly-RK3399 and W25Q128FV like the following table:_images/spi3.png

Writing Makefile/Kconfig

Add SPI_FIREFLY in kernel/drivers/spi/Kconfig:

       tristate "Firefly SPI demo support "
       default y
          Select this option if your Firefly board needs to run SPI demo.

Add the driver into the kernel/drivers/spi/Makefile such as:

obj-$(CONFIG_SPI_FIREFLY)              += spi-firefly-demo.o

Select the driver files to add to the kernel options using make menuconfig:

  │ Symbol: SPI_FIREFLY [=y] 
  │ Type  : tristate
  │ Prompt: Firefly SPI demo support
  │   Location:
  │     -> Device Drivers
  │       -> SPI support (SPI [=y])
  │   Defined at drivers/spi/Kconfig:704
  │   Depends on: SPI [=y] && SPI_MASTER [=y]

Define SPI DTS

Add SPI driver node description in DTS, such as:

/* Firefly SPI demo */
&spi1 {
	spi_demo: spi-demo@00{
		status = "okay";
		compatible = "firefly,rk3399-spi";
		reg = <0x00>;
		spi-max-frequency = <48000000>;
		/* rk3399 driver support SPI_CPOL | SPI_CPHA | SPI_CS_HIGH */
		//spi-cpha;		/* SPI mode: CPHA=1 */
		//spi-cpol;   	/* SPI mode: CPOL=1 */
&spidev0 {
	status = "disabled";

Status: If you want to enable SPI, then set “okay”, if not enabled, set “disable”.

spi-demo@00:Because this example uses CS0, so here is set to 00, if you use CS1, is set to 01.

Compatible:This property must be consistent with the structure of_device_id members.

Reg: Make this 0x00, consistent with spidev@00.

spi-max-frequency: the highest frequency of SPI, Firefly-RK3399 support up to 48000000.

spi-cpha,spi-cpol: Set the SPI work mode here, The SPI module in this example work in SPI_MODE_1, so we set spi-cpha = <1>. You should mask this two, if your SPI module work in SPI_MODE0. You should set spi-cpha = <1>;spi-cpol = <1>, if your SPI module work in SPI_MODE3.

spidev0: need to close spidev0, because spi_demo and spidev0 use the same hardware resource.

Define SPI driver

Create a new file in the kernel source: kernel/drivers/spi/spi-firefly-demo.c.

Before defining the SPI driver, define the of_device_id first.

of_device_id is defined to match the corresponding node in the dts file:

static struct of_device_id firefly_match_table[] = {{ .compatible = "firefly,rk3399-spi",},	{},};

the value of compatible is the same as DTS’s.

Define the spi_driver:

static struct spi_driver firefly_spi_driver = {
	.driver = {
		.name = "firefly-spi",
		.owner = THIS_MODULE,
		.of_match_table = firefly_match_table,},
	.probe = firefly_spi_probe,};

Register SPI driver

Register SPI driver to the kernel in firefly_spi_init:spi_register_driver(&firefly_spi_driver).

If it match Successful when kernel start up, it will config the mode , speed and so on, call the driver’s probe function.

Probe function as following: static int firefly_spi_probe(struct spi_device *spi)

SPI transfer

there are two transfer interface in firefly_spi_probe.

  1. firefly_spi_read_w25x_id_0: using spi_transfer and spi_message to read ID.

  2. firefly_spi_read_w25x_id_1: using spi_write_then_read to read ID.

if everything is ok, you will see the information in console:

root@rk3399_firefly_box:/ # dmesg | grep firefly-spi             
[    1.006235] firefly-spi spi0.0: Firefly SPI demo program
[    1.006246] firefly-spi spi0.0: firefly_spi_probe: setup mode 0, 8 bits/w, 48000000 Hz max
[    1.006298] firefly-spi spi0.0: firefly_spi_read_w25x_id_0: ID = ef 40 18 00 00
[    1.006361] firefly-spi spi0.0: firefly_spi_read_w25x_id_1: ID = ef 40 18 00 00

Enable SPI demo

spi-firefly-demo is disabled in default, enable it in kernel/arch/arm64/boot/dts/rockchip/rk3399-firefly-demo.dtsi like the following steps:

  1. set “okay” in spi1 status;

  2. set “disabled” in spidev0 status.

Commonly used SPI APIs

Here are the definition of some commonly used GPIO APIs:

static void spi_message_init(struct spi_message *m); 
static void spi_message_add_tail(struct spi_transfer *t, struct spi_message *m); 
int spi_sync(struct spi_device *spi, struct spi_message *message) ; 
static int spi_write(struct spi_device *spi, const void *buf, size_t len); 
static int spi_read(struct spi_device *spi, void *buf, size_t len); 
static ssize_t spi_w8r8(struct spi_device *spi, u8 cmd); 
static ssize_t spi_w8r16(struct spi_device *spi, u8 cmd); 
static ssize_t spi_w8r16be(struct spi_device *spi, u8 cmd); 
int spi_write_then_read(struct spi_device *spi, const void *txbuf, unsigned n_tx, void *rxbuf, unsigned n_rx);


SPI devices have a limited userspace API, you can use it except kernel space interface such as IRQ handlers or other layers of the driver stack.

the path of spidev device in Firefly-RK3399: /dev/spidev0.0.

and the source path:kernel/drivers/spi/spidev.c.

enable SPI_SPIDEV in config:

 │ Symbol: SPI_SPIDEV [=y]
 │ Type  : tristate
 │ Prompt: User mode SPI device driver support 
 │   Location:
 │     -> Device Drivers
 │       -> SPI support (SPI [=y])
 │   Defined at drivers/spi/Kconfig:684
 │   Depends on: SPI [=y] && SPI_MASTER [=y]

the DTS node:

&spi1 {
	status = "okay";
	max-freq = <48000000>;
	dev-port = <0>;
	spidev0: spidev@00 {
		status = "okay";
		compatible = "linux,spidev";
		reg = <0x00>;
		spi-max-frequency = <48000000>;

Please refer to spidev for detailed instructions.


Q1: SPI data transfer error

A1: make sure pins iomux is SPI, TX/RX/CLK signal accurately, and set the correct mode with device。