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K80 SPI DMA master mode

Question asked by Catosh on Dec 10, 2015
Latest reply on Dec 11, 2015 by Catosh


I know there are already other discussion out there about this topic.

Anyway, there are a couple of question I can't get straight right now, so I would like some kind of feedback from the community.
According to the the very helpful post by Adrian Sanchez Cano (Using DMA and SPI.pdf) he asserts that "To ensure the synchrony between the dSPI with the DMA the transfers to the PUSHR must be of 4 bytes, this includes 2 bytes command and 2 bytes data".
Furthermore, looking at the examples provided (ok, I saw the K20 one, but I think that k80 and k20 are identical for SPI and DMA) we have to prepare the buffer (MasterDataSend() function) and then send the prepared buffer.

In my opinion this inserts an heavy overhead on the overall budget of the CPU time. My question is: Can we do better, using eDMA without having to prepare that buffer for every byte we have to send?
Looking at the SPI module,

"The SPI supports 8-bit or 16-bit writes to the PUSH TX FIFO, allowing a single write to the command word followed by multiple writes to the transmit word. The TX FIFO will save the last command word written, and convert a 8-bit/16-bit write to the transmit word into a 32-bit write that pushes both the command word and transmit word into the TX FIFO."


In my understanding, after I push the command word to the SPI module I can then send the data words with 8 bit writes without configuring the command word for each data word.

The eDMA allows the transfer of 8 bytes according to DMA_TCDn_ATTR[SSIZE] & DMA_TCDN_ATTR[DSIZE].

Disabling minor loop mapping I can set DMA_TCDn_NBYTES_MLNO to Nbytes, so I can configure the number of bytes to transfer per request.
So the idea is to set the command word, then using DMA send length-1 bytes and when the DMA asserts an EOQ IRQ, I can configure the SPI command word for the last byte to be transferred.

Somehow, I suppose that if this was feasible somewhere in the forum it should have been pointed out, and guess what? It is not.

SO I suppose there are many flaws in my idea. I don't want to begin to implement something that is proven will not work (wasting a lots [debug] time) , so I'm asking you:
is this
feasible? Or, in your opinion, why not?
is the procedure suggested by Adrian the only way, or the best way of using SPI and DMA in kinetis microcontrollers?

Best regards,



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