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SAI1 audio interface fails in slave mode

Question asked by mat kattanek on Jun 22, 2018
Latest reply on Jul 5, 2018 by mat kattanek

Just bringing up another variant of our new imx6ull custom board. The previous version was using the SAI2 interface to route I2S and DSPA (PCM) style audio. The new board switches the same functionality to SAI1. The difference primarily is just the DTS modification. Note the NXP side is setup in slave mode, meaning the auxiliary connected device is setup as Master and is driving the clock and sync.


When I select I2S style audio transfer:  TX and RX audio transfer just works fine (using aplay and arecord)

Selecting DSPA style audio transfer:   Both playback and recording fails.


  # aplay -D hw:1 audio_samples/audio8k16m.wav
Playing WAVE 'audio_samples/audio8k16m.wav' : Signed 16 bit Little Endian, Rate 8000 Hz, Mono
aplay: pcm_write:2023: write error: Input/output error


 => Question why would I2S work ok, but DSPA transfer fail?



For verification I switched back to the SAI2 interface and the same tests above just work fine.

   => I2S style and DSPA transfer are fully functional!



for testing I set the SAI1 into master mode.

   => Now playback works fine for both I2S and PCM style.


Very puzzling.

What's wrong with SAI1 in slave mode sending audio data in DSPA (PCM) ?

Anybody ran into similar issues?