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spiintroduction to machine-independent SPI bus support and drivers


spi* at mainbus?

Other attachments are machine-dependent and will depend on the bus topology of your system. See intro(4) for your system for more information.


NetBSD includes a machine dependent SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) bus subsystem, and several different machine-independent SPI device drivers.

Your system may support additional machine-dependent SPI devices. Consult your system's intro(4) for additional information.

SPI is a 4-wire synchronous full-duplex serial bus. Some systems provide support for Microwire, which is Philips' name for a strict subset of SPI, with more rigidly defined signaling. Therefore, Microwire devices are also supported by the SPI framework.

Note that when referencing SPI devices in a config(1) file, the ‘slave’ must be provided, as SPI lacks any way to automatically probe devices.


NetBSD includes the following machine-independent SPI drivers
STMicroelectronics M25P family of NOR flash devices.
Texas Instruments TMP121 temperature sensor.


The machine-independent SPI framework was written by Garrett D'Amore for the Champaign-Urbana Community Wireless Network Project (CUWiN), and appeared in NetBSD 4.0.
October 9, 2006 NetBSD 7.0