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8-bit/16-bit writes to SPI PUSHR not working as expected

Question asked by timpambor on Feb 9, 2014
Latest reply on Feb 10, 2014 by EARL GOODRICH

Hi all,


I tried to write byte data via an 8-bit write to SPI PUSHR register but the result have not been as I expected it.

I configured the SPI as following:






Before my writes I read SPI2_TXFR0, SPI2_TXFR1, SPI2_TXFR2, SPI2_TXFR3 all as zero.


Then I write one byte via an 8-bit write and the same byte via a 16-bit and a 32-bit write.

*((uint8_t *)(&SPI2_PUSHR)) = 0x7f;

*((uint16_t *)(&SPI2_PUSHR)) = 0x7f;

*((uint32_t *)(&SPI2_PUSHR)) = 0x7f;


What I was expecting to read back from SPI2_TXFR0, SPI2_TXFR1, SPI2_TXFR2 was 0x7f but I actually got 0x7c7f7f7f, 0x7f007f, 0x7f.

For other bytes e.g. 0xff it was similar there I got 0xfcffffff, 0xff00ff, 0xff.


It looks like that if I write a byte 0xzz via an 8-bit write 0xzzzzzzzz is pushed with bits 24, 25 set to 0, via a 16-bit write 0x00zz00zz, via a 32-bit write 0x000000zz.


The reference manual states "Eight- or sixteen-bit write accesses to the PUSHR transfer all 32 register bits to the TX FIFO." which sounds to me that the other bits in PUSHR are either in their reset state or keep their previous state which should work out in my case to the same, 0.


I reproduced this behavior on a Kinetis MK20DN512VLL100 revision 2N30D and an MK60FN1M0VLQ120 revision 3N96B.


The background why I want to use 8-bit writes is that I actually want PUSHR to be written by the DMA. Extending 8-bit reads to 32-bit and writing as 32-bit isn't possible with a single DMA channel, is it?


Is this the correct and documented behavior or am I missing a point?




Tim Pambor